Snapchat – Does your child have it? Are they over the age of 13? Have you given permission for them to use it? Are they using it safely?

It has been reported to us by Police Scotland that there has been a sharp rise in the number of incidents involving the sending and receiving of indecent images over the social media platform Snapchat. Police Scotland have urged all parents to discuss Snapchat with their child(ren) and to ensure they are using it appropriately. The below images give you information on what the app does and how to manage it safely. It reminds parents that children under the age of 13 should not have the app on their phones and that children between the ages of 13-17 should have parental permission to use the app. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s use of social media you can request that the account is deleted. Please read the below to find out out more.

For more information please visit the following sites:

Snapchat Safety Centre: http://www.snapchat.com/safety
Snapchat Support: https://support.snapchat.com
A Parents’ Guide to Snapchat from ConnectSafely:
http://www.connectsafely.org/wp-content/uploads/snapchat_parents_guide.pdf
Latest changes on Snapchat Blog: http://blog.snapchat.com
UK Safer Internet Centre: http://www.saferinternet.org.uk
Professionals Online Safety Helpline: http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/helpline
Report Child Abuse Images to IWF: http://www.iwf.org.uk
Report abuse or grooming to CEOP: http://ceop.police.uk
Get Connected Helpline: http://www.getconnected.org.uk

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