Social Media Advice
What is Snapchat?
Snapchat is a photo messaging app with a twist. Snapchatters can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings and send them to friends. These ‘Snaps’ aren’t saved by default so it feels more like having an ordinary conversation. Once everyone has viewed a Snap, Snapchat’s system is designed to automatically delete it from their servers. Opened Snaps typically cannot be retrieved from Snapchat’s servers by anyone, for any reason. Upon registration ‘Team Snapchat’ will automatically send you a series of ‘Snaps’ to take you through the basics.
Age restrictions Snapchat is not intended for children under the age of 13. Teens aged 13-17 should have permission from a parent or legal guardian to use the app.
Snapchat now has a friend tracking map system. It shows where any of the user's (your child's) friends are at any time. It uses GPS to precisely pinpoint on a map where the users are, even changing to a car when they move quickly. Your child and other users are depicted by a Bitmoji.
Once you get onto the Snap Map it'll show you where your Snapchat friends are and what they are doing there if they share a picture.The update also allows you to upload Snaps to the "Our Story" so that anyone can see your picture.
Don't worry though - if you don't want your location shared then you can set up a "Ghost Mode" to keep it private.
It may sound like innocent fun but if your children have their location shared then people can potentially track them down.
The map shows exactly where they are which has raised serious concerns. While they would need to know your child's username, and for them to accept their friend request, to access this information it is often easy to find it online.
Please check your child's settings, ensure they are set to 'ghost mode' if necessary.
What is Instagram?
Instagram is a social network app that focuses mainly on images. It uses filters to edit and improve photos. Some filters can be made and owned by other parties. By agreeing to the terms and conditions of filters within the app means your pictures are owned and controlled by other parties. This can make removing them from Google image searches tricky.
Accounts can be linked to Facebook.
What is Twitter?
Twitter is a social networking site with over 288 million users! The big appeal with Twitter is how rapid and quick the tweets come in, meaning there is nearly always something new to read: you can track hundreds of interesting tweeters, and read their content with a glance, even celebrities and public figures.
One of the big differences from the other major social networking sites is, you only have 140 characters to use per tweet, this means you have to choose your words very carefully, or just tweet and tweet and tweet ... it also promotes focused and clever use of language making tweets interesting and easy to read, as well as challenging to write.
Twitter is a popular public platform used by many to express themselves, share stories, pictures and articles on the net. It can be a place people can find support, friends, jokes and much more.
Unfortunately like anything, it is not always used for good and that’s why we have devised this checklist to help you stay safe!
What is Facebook?
Facebook is probably the most famous social network. It is not as popular as children as it is with adults. This is probably because adults are more knowledgable with this app and are aware of the dangers. There is still a high percentage of pupils that use it so we need to discuss the dangers with them. As it is so widely used their is swathes of dangerous content.
It's popularity with all ages is increasing as it is used to log into a variety of other apps.
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