Easter Ross school shares Snapchat warning as police flag concern over sharing of indecent images
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PARENTS and carers of children at schools in Ross-shire are being urged to get clued up on a social media app following concerns about indecent images flagged by police.
Police Scotland has told schools to be wary about a sharp rise in the number of incidents involving the sending and receiving of indecent images over the social media platform.
Invergordon Academy has shared the information with parents, urging them to discuss Snapchat with their children and ensure they are using it appropriately.
Snapchat is an American multimedia messaging app. One of the principal features of Snapchat is that pictures and messages are usually only available for a short time before they become inaccessible to their recipients.
The warning 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.
It adds: "If you have any concerns regarding your child’s use of social media you can request that the account is deleted."
The school also flags a number of sites for more information.
Snapchat Safety Centre: http://www.snapchat.com/safety
A Parents’ Guide to Snapchat from ConnectSafely: http://www.connectsafely.org/wp-content/uploads/snapchat_parents_guide.pdf