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Important E-Safety News: Snap Chat Snap Map

You may be aware of a recent update to the Snap Chat app. The social media giant claims the new setting is intended to give users “a whole new way to explore the world”. That said, it also creates possibilities for opportunists to take advantage of knowing the users exact position.

It allows people to locate others on a map that is accurate enough to determine where people live and where they are at any given moment. This will be useful, but it is also concerning as young people often have in their contact lists, people they actually do not know or have not met. Also, users can post snaps to their story which will show their location on the map as a faded blue spot, both publicly and privately. This blue spot will get larger and change colour to yellow then red to indicate that there is a large amount of Snapchat activity that particular area.

The upgrade automatically operates the location sharing feature.

To switch this setting off:

  1. When in photo-taking mode, pinch the screen to open Snap Map
  2. Touch the settings cog in the top right corner of the screen
  3. Tap “Ghost Mode” to switch off location sharing

Click on this link to navigate to Alton Park’s dedicated e-safety page for more help and advice:- Alton Park E-Safety Page

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