Snapchat: 'Snap Maps'
Snapchat has introduced a new feature which can potentially allow someone to track your location.
The following advice can be found from the UK Safer Internet Centre:
- This location based map allows users to see where in the country their Snapchat contacts are, as well as seeing location based photos and videos.
- It is important to be careful about who you share your location with, as it can allow people to build up a picture of where you live, go to school and spend your time.
Given how specific this new feature is on Snapchat - giving your location to a precise pinpoint on a map - we would encourage users not to share their location, especially with people they don’t know in person.
There are three settings for sharing your location on the map, these are; Ghost mode, My Friends, and Select Friends. But what do these settings mean?
- Ghost Mode
Ghost Mode means that you are the only person who can see your location on the map.
Within Ghost Mode you can still see the locations of your friends but they will be unable to see you. This setting will ensure that you have complete control over who knows your location.
- My Friends
My Friends means that all of your contacts on Snapchat can see your location. If turning on this setting then it would be important for users to review their Snapchat contacts and also make sure that they never add someone they don’t know in person onto Snapchat.
- Select Friends
This setting allows users to look through their friend list and then decide which of their friends they want to be able to view their location. This setting gives users the opportunity to control who can view their location.
When first opening the Snap Map users get to make a decision of who they want to be able to view their location. Once these settings are in place they can always be changed in Snapchat’s settings. This can be done in two ways:
- In the Snapchat settings
In the Snapchat screen click on the Settings (cog) icon> click on ‘see my location’ > Choose the setting which suits you
- On the Snap Map
Click on the setting button in the top right of the map > choose the setting which suits you
Sharing location can be a risky thing to do. Our tips for location sharing are:
- Only share your location with people you know in person. Never share your location with strangers.
- Don’t add contacts to Snapchat if you don’t know them in person.
- Regularly review your settings and take an active decision about whether you want people to know your location. Remember you can switch this off at any time. Think about where you’re sharing your location. Location services such as Snap Maps can lead people to your house. Think about what times you’re on the app and whether these are locations you want to share – if not, then turn this off within your settings.
‘POKÉMON GO’ game
The supervising lead for Safer Schools Officers across Leeds has given the following advice for players:
· 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”