Changes to the Snapchat phone/tablet App

Police forces have raised child safety concerns about a new Snapchat feature that reveals users’ locations amid fears it could be used for stalking.  For all snapchat users, in the last few days they have released a new update which connects to your GPS, and automatically (unless activated ghost mode) shows where you are on a map to anyone who is on your friends list and posts can possibly be seen publically depending on the settings.

The UK Safer Internet Centre said: “It is important to be careful about who you share your location with, as it can allow people to build up a picture of where you live, go to school and spend your time.  Given how specific this new feature is on Snapchat – giving your location to a precise pinpoint on a map – we would encourage users not to share their location, especially with people they don’t know in person.”

Parents can turn the feature off on children’s phones by setting the app to “ghost mode”.   Obviously this may cause concern for certain users, particularly those who have young children who use the app. To change the settings, pinch the screen when the app is open and this will load the map. When you do it for the first time it should ask you if you want to activate ghost mode. If it doesn’t, click on the icon in the top right hand corner, where you will be able to tick a box putting ghost mode on.

If you are struggling to change the settings on your child’s phone, please contact the school and we will support or for further information please visit: http://www.childnet.com/blog/introducing-snap-maps-the-new-location-sharing-feature-in-snapchat