Snapchat lo­ca­tion concern

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff reporter

Chil­dren in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are be­ing warned not to ad­ver­tise their lo­ca­tion on Snapchat.

NSPCC Scot­land say sharing their lo­ca­tion could leave them vul­ner­a­ble to groom­ing, stalk­ing and bul­ly­ing. The warn­ing comes af­ter the photo-sharing app re­leased a new map fea­ture.

In the past five week, NSPCC’s Glas­gow child­line base re­ceived 48 calls from young peo­ple across the UK feel­ing bul­lied, up­set or hav­ing been ex­posed to on­line sex­ual abuse on the photo sharing ser­vice.

NSPCC child safety on­line ex­pert Rose Bray said: “Even lim­it­ing Snap Maps to the ‘friends only’ set­ting is risky if those con­tacts in­clude peo­ple you don’t know.

“This high­lights why it’s vi­tal the govern­ment forces so­cial net­works to of­fer Safe Ac­counts to un­der-18s, with the high­est pri­vacy set­tings and lo­ca­tion set­tings locked off.

“It is im­por­tant par­ents have reg­u­lar con­ver­sa­tions with young peo­ple about stay­ing safe on­line, and mak­ing sure that they know how to pro­tect their pri­vacy.

“The NSPCC’s share aware ma­te­ri­als on­line can help par­ents to start these con­ver­sa­tions.”

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