E-Safety - A Guide for Parents
Message about Snapchat from Merseyside Police
I am based at Marsh Lane CID and receive numerous incidents on a weekly basis involving Snapchat. As you are no doubt aware, children are sending images of themselves to each other which then make their way to a variety of Snapchat accounts entitled Crocky Slags, Sefton Slags and various other variations.
Unfortunately, these are the vanity names (non- unique identifier set by the user as to how they will appear on Snapchat) and not the username of the account. Without the username it is impossible to either shut the account down or trace the user.
In order to try and reduce these accounts, I think that it would be worthwhile all schools ensuring that the children at their schools are aware of ways in which to report matters on Snapchat.
Force Website www.merseyside.police.uk
Force Twitter @merseypolice
New Fortnite Guide for Parents & Carers
As part of the #WakeUpWednesday campaign, National Online Safety has teamed up with MusicAlternative to launch a Fortnite online safety song, which encourages parents and carers to "stay switched on" to online dangers when their children are playing Fortnite. Please click on the Youtube link below
National Online Safety Roblox Guide for Parents
Roblox is a multi-player online gaming platform which allows children to play and create a variety of games in a 3D world. Roblox is free to play and available on all modern smartphones, tablets, desktops, Xbox One, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive.
Teenagers are EATING Tide pods in dangerous social media challenge
Teenagers are filming themselves chewing and sometimes swallowing Tide pods and then posting the videos online daring others to participate in the potentially deadly challenge.
‘Sarahah’ Warning for Parents
Sarahah originally started out as a website intended for employees to give anonymous feedback to their employers. According to the app’s website – ‘Sarahah helps you in discovering your strengths and areas for improvement by receiving honest feedback from your employees and your friends in a private manner’.
Once the Sarahah app has been downloaded, users must create an account on the app. The user will create their name, ie name.sarahah.com. They can then search for other Sarahah users on the app and send anonymous text based messages. The main difference with this app compared to others is that users can only send messages – they cannot respond to messages received.
- appear in search
- receive messages from non–registered users
Parents warned as teenagers join in 'sick' Facebook 'missing game'
Snapchat "Snap Map" Warning
Snapchat have introduced a new feature called Snap Map. This feature shows publicly posted images on a searchable map and allows users to see exactly where their ‘friends’ are in real time. The map is so accurate it can determine the house and street where people live.
Do you know all your ‘friends’ on Snapchat?
Would you like all your ‘friends’ to know where you are or where you live?
How to switch 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.
Reminder to parents that to comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the minimum age for Snapchat use is 13.
Live.Me App - Information from Merseyside Police
Please see below information from Merseyside Police in regards to the Live.Me app. Also, NSPCC and O2 have teamed up to produce a guide to help parents explore and understand online life as children known it. The guide can be accessed via www.net-aware.org.uk
"Live.Me is the fastest-growing social media streaming application available at the moment and has approximately 20 million users.
It allows the user to live-stream videos of themselves and also allows users to watch other streamed videos.
The app has limited security features and it is possible for users to potentially identify the location where a video was recorded.
It is possible for any video to be recorded and shared without the permission or knowledge of the person who made the video.
Merseyside Police would encourage parents to make sure they know what apps their child is using, how each app works and what their child is using it for. Many legitimate apps are being used by young people in a way that allows them to communicate with or be contacted by absolute strangers. This creates a significant risk to their child.
It is really important that society becomes more aware of the possible risk of exploitation on mobile apps and social media sites, and people know how to report suspicious activity to the police.
Parents, guardians, carers and teachers have a responsibility to know what the warning signs are and to look out for them to prevent a child putting themselves at risk or forming inappropriate relationships online. There is a wealth of advice available online:
Online/Internet Safety - How to keep your child safe