Keeping Young People Safe

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Thomas Telford School recognises that modern technology is an intrinsic part of modern-day life and our students use ICT extensively both in school and out of it. However along with the opportunities that ICT offers it also brings with it problems and risks that all students need to be aware of.

E-safety has a very high priority in Thomas Telford School and all students receive advice and guidance appropriate to their age and ‘e-awareness’. As well as learning about e-safety in their ICT lessons, students get more targeted input during assemblies and PT time. In addition all Year 7 parents are invited, with their children, to a parents’ evening early in the new term when risks and safety measures are outlined. 

Being safe is also about teaching youngsters to make the right decisions as they develop independence and start to go out on their own or, to be home alone. The resources and links provided on this page offer advice to parents and carers when dealing with setting boundaries and giving responsibility. Parents may also wish to review the information on The NSPCC website related to e-safety. 

Internet Safety

SnapMaps

Last week SnapChat, used regularly by many children and young people, launched a new feature. SnapMaps allows users to see the location of their contacts. This feature allows others to accurately pinpoint where you are. There are three possible privacy settings:

  • Ghost mode, where only you can see your position;
  • My Friends mode, where any contact can see your location; and
  • Select Friends mode, just those who you choose can see you

ChildNet have posted a thorough explanation of SnapMaps and how to ensure users stay safe. Well worth a read to share with anyone you know who uses the app.

Further reading: Introducing SnapMaps (ChildNet)

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