Protect Your Children Online – Be Share Aware with NSPCC

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It can be hard to keep track of what your child is doing on social networks, apps and games. Or know how to keep them safe.

NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to help parents untangle the web. And teach their children to be Share Aware.

Because, just like in real life, kids need your help to stay safe online.

Talk about their online world

We talk to children about crossing the road, bullying and speaking to strangers. But what about staying safe in the digital world?

Having regular conversations about what your child is doing online – just like you would their day at school – is the best way to keep them safe.

You’ll be able to spot any problems, encourage them to come to you if they’re worried and make sure they know what’s ok to share online – and what’s not.

You can find out more about the social networks, apps and games your child uses with the NSPCC’s Net Aware tool.

3 tips to help start the conversation

  1. Explore sites and apps together and talk about any concerns.
  2. Ask your child if they know how to stay safe online.
  3. Talk about personal information and what to share online.

Snapchat launches Snap Map

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The NSPCC has given us some very useful information about the new Snap Map function of the Snapchat app as follows:

‘Snapchat has just launched a new feature called the Snap Map which allows you to see your contacts on a map based on their location. Through the Snap Map, users can broadcast their exact location with everyone in their contact list.

The Snap Map can be found by pinching out from the main Snapchat camera screen.

It is important to be careful about who you share your location with. Hiding your location through Snapchat is easy:

From the home screen: click on the settings (cog) icon > click on ‘see my location’ > click on Ghost Mode
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