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28th June

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

As you will be aware, social networking has becoming increasingly popular with children and young people.

 

The most common way to use these is by downloading an App to a tablet or smartphone. Recently, there has been increasing concern with the use of the following Apps and it is important that if your child is using these, then you read the following information.

 

Snapchat (Software Update – ‘SnapMaps’)

 

A new feature of this App now includes a map feature (Snap Maps) that lets users track other people’s location in real time. It means that friends and other ‘Snapchaters’ can see where they are and what they are doing.

 

As part of the new feature, there is a ‘Ghost Mode’ which enables you to hide your location on Snap Maps. To turn this on, please follow these instructions:

 

Click On – SnapMaps – Settings (Top Right) – Click on – ‘Ghost Mode’

 

Musical.ly & Live.ly

 

Recently, Channel 4 News investigated concerns over paedophiles targeting children using these two Apps.

 

Musiical.ly is a popular music App where ‘musers’ can sing along to popular songs and upload them to the site and individuals can comment and share the videos.

 

Live.ly is made by the same company and is a live streaming App where you can broadcast and communicate with others.

 

The report found that girls as young as 9 years old were being bombarded with requests to remove their clothing and change into sexy outfits. There was a number of very sexually explicit comments made to other girls using the Apps and the journalist who investigated found no moderation on the site.

 

We do know that a large number of our children are using these Apps so it is important that you talk to your child and monitor usage. Most importantly, if they get a question or request that makes them feel uncomfortable, they should speak to a responsible adult immediately.

 

Musical.ly also has some privacy controls which can be accessed via the settings option.

 

 

K. Cartwright

Manston Primary School

Dennil Road

Leeds

LS15 8SD

0113 2645445

www.manstonprimary.co.uk

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Please read below an important safety message from West Yorkshire Police regarding the recently released Pokemon Go game

 

 

 

 

As you may be aware the ‘POKÉMON GO’ game has recently been released in the UK. As a result of this a number of concerns have been raised for the safety of individuals pursuing characters within the game.

 

It is possible that during the summer break, young players may have more time and freedom to roam in pursuit of their quest. As a result of this they may not put into practice the messages which we deliver with regards to their personal safety and the safety of others.

 

 

The app allows people to set up a ‘beacon’ which can then encourage other users to reach a specific venue and we are concerned it could be the latest way online criminals attempt to target victims. There have (allegedly) already been similar incidents in America.

 

 

Our advice to players would be:

·         Be cautious to alerting strangers to where you will be in the future

·         Be careful where you leave ‘beacons’

·         Parents should supervise children when using the app

·         Always pay attention to your surroundings and especially do not play in areas where traffic runs through or in dangerous locations such as around water, cliff tops, craggy outcrops and mountainous regions.

·         Where possible play with friends and stay in a group and have at least one of your friends as a ‘lookout’

·         Play at home -  you can use lures to attract Pokémon to you

·         Keep your device safe and out of sight – your phone will vibrate when a Pokémon is near

 

The makers of the game have said:

“We encourage all people to be aware of their surroundings and to play with friends or family, especially when you are exploring unfamiliar places. Please remember to be safe and alert at all times”.

 

 

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