eSafety (last updated Feb 2017)

Dear St. Luke's Families,

We are keen to ensure that all of our pupils are aware of how to be safe when using the internet. It is really important that children understand that social networking sites can be dangerous and used by older people.

Over the year we hold two eSafety events – one in February for Safer Internet Day and one in the Summer Term that looks at the theme from Safer Internet Day in more detail.

This year the theme for Safer Internet Day is ‘Be the change: unite for a better internet’. For EYFS and Key Stage 1 the focus was on what they should do when they see something upsetting online. In Key Stage 2 they looked at the power one image can have on the internet. You can find more information on this year’s theme at www.saferinternet.org.uk

During the summer term we will look to develop the children’s understanding of staying safe online through discussions, drama and art. There will also be an opportunity for you to come into school and hear about how you can help your child stay safe online as well as seeing what your child has learnt.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and please be vigilant when your child is using the internet at home.

Social Media
 

One of the most common Apps at the moment is Snapchat. You may have heard reports about a new feature called “Snap Map”. This is causing a fair amount of fuss in the news.

It is the ability to be able to view a map showing the exact location of where they are and also their ‘friends’.

This is concerning as it could make their whereabouts known to strangers as not every user is careful about who they add to their friends list.

Our suggestion for everybody, is to set their settings to be “Ghost Mode”. That way nobody is able to see their location. You do this by:

When they are in photo-taking mode, you pinch the screen and that will open Snap Map

Touch the settings cog which is located in the top right corner of the screen

Tap "Ghost Mode" and that will switch off location sharing.

Also need to remember that photos and videos which are posted to Snapchat's public 'Our Story' will still be discoverable on the map

The following links describe the Snapchat App and how to control their settings.

https://support.snapchat.com/en-GB/article/about-snap-map2

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/Documents/Thinkuknow%20Parent%27s%20and%20carers%20%20guide%20to%20Snapchat.pdf

These links and other useful information can also be found at Paul Hay’s site (this is the consultant we work with).

http://www.pclstraining.com/links/