Tag Archives: internet 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)

Safer Internet Day – KS2

I have been talking to KS2 about Safer Internet Day. The theme this year is ‘The Power of Image’. We have been looking at the following themes about images:

– It’s there forever
– There’s more than meets the eye
– Is it true
– What will other think

We discussed these themes with this presentation:

And then watched this video:

How safe is your online profile?

I have been working with years 5 and 6, talking about how to make sure your online profile is secure. We began by looking at an image which shows the logos of the 20 most popular social media sites or apps. How many can you recognise?


Most of the children were able to recognise at least half of the logos, and the vast majority use at least one of these services, with some using many more. We discussed the minimum age requirements for some of these apps. Interestingly, despite being users of many of the services, relatively few children were aware of the minimum age requirements. Most of them have a minimum age of 13 or older, meaning many children are using services they are too young to sign up for.

This prompted a discussion around what we should do. In an ideal world, all children would delete their profiles and only use age appropriate services, and this is an approach which I endorse. However, we need to accept that this is very unlikely to happen and very difficult to monitor for parents, let alone the school. So if children are using social media sites and despite our best efforts are likely to continue to do so, then the most responsible approach is to teach them how to use them safely and responsibly. Not only will this help in the short term, it will also prepare them for the challenges they are likely to face in the years ahead.

As a discussion prompt I shared this image of a fake social media profile (from teaching ideas.co.uk). The children annotated a copy of it with their thoughts on the problems a profile like this might present. This would be a great activity for you and your child to do together, you might even learn some tips to make your social media profile more secure.


Below are a number of links to the UK Safer Internet Centre to help you support your child in staying safe on social media.


There are also links to other social media guides from this page.

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