Monthly Archives: July, 2018

On-Line Safety over Summer

However lovely the weather, our children will be spending time on computers, i-pads, mobile phones etc over the summer holidays. Safety is always on our minds. Here is some safety information about Snapchat. Though no children in primary school should be accessing it, (as the age is 13+), many are and so will their older siblings be.

Hopefully the following will help to keep everyone safe;
Snapchat is a messenger app that enables users to send photos, videos, text and drawings. The unique feature of Snapchat is that the message only stays on the recipient’s phone for up to 10 seconds (user sets the time from 1 to 10 seconds).

Check your child’s settings;
Your child can choose to receive content from either “Everyone” or “My Friends”. It is recommended that the default setting is set to only accept content from “My Friends.”
-Tap the ghost icon
-tap the gear icon
-select “My Friends”.
There are three sections that you should update; ‘Contact Me’, ‘My Story’ and ‘Quick
add’. Encourage your child to only share things they would be happy for you to see.

Other Snapchat settings;
Reporting within Snapchat stories-
1. While watching the story, press and hold on
the screen.
2. Press the flag in the bottom left hand corner.
3. Click on the option that best describes the
content you are trying to report.

To report a Snap you’ve received;
1. Press and hold the Snapchatter’s name right
after you view the Snap.
2. Press and hold again to bring up their profile.
3. Tap the gear icon and tap “Report” to contact

To report an account;
1. Press and hold on the Snapchatter’s name
2. Tap the gear icon.
3. Tap “Report” to contact Snapchat.

Remove a friend;
When you remove a friend from your friends list, they won’t be able to view any of your private Stories but they’ll still be able to view any content you have set to public. Depending on your privacy settings, they may also still be able to Chat or Snap you!
1. Go to a Chat with that friend
2. Tap the button at the top left
3. Tap “Remove Friend”

Block a friend;
If you block a friend, they won’t be able to view your Story or send you Snaps and Chats.
1. Go to a Chat with that friend
2. Tap the button at the top left
3. Tap “Block Friend”

Snapchat streaks;
Streaks count how many consecutive days two people have been sending Snaps to each other. A streak is shown by a little picture of a flame and a number (the number of days the streaks has gone on for) next to a contact’s name. There can be pressure to respond on a daily basis to maintain their streaks and it can cause issues with people logging into other’s account to carry on streaks for friends.

Safety tips and resources;
1. Be kind and respectful. Be thoughtful about what you Snap.
2. Remember, anyone can take a screenshot of a Snap, or use another camera to take a picture of a Snap.
3. Check your privacy settings to choose who can send you Snaps and view your Stories.
4. If you experience harassment or bullying, block the person and report it to Snapchat.
5. Keep your password safe. Don’t share your password with anybody.

It’s really important to talk to your child regularly and make sure that they know that you’re always there to talk to if they have any concerns.

This is a really useful Parent guide produced by Snapchat in conjunction with Connect Safely:

Preparing for the Summer Holidays

The following is taken from Young Minds charity;

For lots of us, the summer holidays provide relaxing days, a chance to catch up with friends and fun
activities. But for some children, it’s a stretch of boring days, with little to do and few highlights.
For many families there may not be the time or money to do what their children want. Some pupils may be nervous about school breaking up for summer and the lack of routine this provides.

So it might be helpful to explore some cheap and easy activities with your children. If you have a bit
of spare time, or a computer to set them a task to research activities to do over the summer?
Your children could start to plan:
1. Go green
Think about all the green spaces there are locally and what activities go on during the break.
What can be done alone or with a group of friends?
2. Explore the local community
Explore the local leisure centres, youth clubs and recreation grounds. Are there any activities
going on? What about ‘free swim’ days or other fun days put on by the local council?
3. Find a library
Research which libraries are open and when. Is there free access to computers? Are there any
clubs running over the summer?
4. Volunteer
Find out about local youth groups where you can volunteer – this is a good way of making
new friends
5. Become an author
Write and illustrate a book or zine using just some paper and pens/pencils. Research some
themes and inspiration.
6. Take on a challenge
Here are some ideas for activities that will take time and practice to accomplish:
– Learning to ride a bike
– Learning to swim
– Learning to roller skate or skateboard
– Learning a new language (there’s no need to join a class, or buy any books, local libraries may
have books, CDs or apps)
7. Keep in touch
Explore how to keep in touch with friends and classmates over the holiday – arrange meeting
up once a week at the local park, or shopping centre?
8. Watch a film
Find out about local cinemas which may show some films for free, or reduced prices for
children and young adults.
9. Learn something new
Visit local museums and/or galleries. Research which ones are nearby and free to visit.
10. Become a photographer
Take photos of your local area on a phone, or camera. If it’s difficult to access either, borrow
one from a friend, or family member, or create one from scratch with just card, tin foil, tape
and a paper clip.
Good luck!