Tag Archives: e-safety

Snapchat update

There has been a lot of coverage in the media over the last few days of the recent update to Snapchat. A new feature called ‘Snap Map’ has been introduced which allows people to locate other users based on their location. It is accurate enough to isolate users to a particular household. This feature poses a significant risk to a child’s safety online and in the real world.

You can find out more on this BBC News article.

If your child or any of their siblings are using Snapchat we recommend that you turn off this feature as a matter of urgency.

How to turn off Snap Map location sharing

  • When in photo-taking mode, pinch the screen to open Snap Map
  • Touch the settings cog in the top right corner of the screen
  • Tap “Ghost Mode” to switch off location sharing
  • Photos and videos posted to Snapchat’s public ‘Our Story’ will still be discoverable on the map

(sourced from the BBC article above)

Introducing the SMART rules to year 3

I have been introducing the SMART rules of internet safety to 3P and 3C. They watched ‘The Adventures of Kara, Winston and the Smart Crew’ and completed a Kahoot quiz with questions after each section of the video. You can watch all 5 sections of the video below.

If you would like to try the quiz, please click on this link and choose the classic option. You will need the quiz open on one device and another device to play on. It would be a great way to start a discussion at home about e-safety.

I will be arranging some internet safety parent workshops in the near future, but of you would like to talk to me in the meantime please come and find me in school.

Mr Hall

Surviving the tech summer holiday

As we approach the summer holidays, many children will be spending time on internet enabled devices to help occupy themselves during the long days ahead.

To help stay safe online during the holidays I have prepared a short guide which your child will be taking home tonight.

Our 10 top tips can also be viewed in the images below (click on the images to enlarge).

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Creating safe passwords for Showbie


From this term we will be using Showbie to save and share work between teachers and children. It is a brilliant tool which links with many of the apps we use both on the iPads and iMacs. It will also enable children to access there work from home, if they have access to the internet.

The children will be setting up their own usernames and passwords during this week’s computing lessons. As part of this we will be discussing why passwords are important and what makes a secure password.

Safer Internet Day 2015

Safer Internet Day 2015 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 10th February with the slogan ‘Let’s create a better internet together’.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. For SID2014, over 650 organisations got involved, reaching 25% of children and 18% of teenagers.

The UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at www.saferinternet.org.uk.

Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and 31 national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Ultimately, a better internet is up to us!