SnapMaps – A safeguarding concern!

SnapMaps

Another week, another app raising a safeguarding concern.

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;
  • 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.

Although I know many safeguarding staff don’t use these apps on a regular basis, if we are to protect children, we need to have at least a working knowledge of the risks and uses of such apps.

Further reading: Introducing SnapMaps (ChildNet)