Snapchat latest updates

Snapchat latest updates enables users to see exactly where their friends are, so detailed that if you zoom in you can even see the street location.

This obviously raises safety concerns for children who use the app.

Many children tend to import all their random contacts when they set up their Snapchat so unless they or you check their settings it is possible that all these random strangers will now see an accurate location.

As a matter of urgency, we would ask all parents to check their child’s Snapchat settings, we would strongly advice, that Snapchat is changed to ‘Ghost mode’ so that location isn’t shared with friends.


Useful Links:

Childnet – Introducing ‘Snap maps’

Childnet – How to Report In Snapchat

UK Safer Internet Centre – Snapchat

Highlights from our Computing subject leader day

We had a busy day planned, updates on our SLAs, after school club provision and education days. Discussed the launch of our new digital leaders workshops and in a Teach Meet style we share what works well, which included Class Dojo, code it, hour of hour minecraft resource.

We had Henry Platten from eCadets showing the delegates how eCadets can support schools in developing digital leaders support their online safety provision.

In the afternoon we had hands on workshops using Minecraft and looked at how it can enhance learning and the new InOBot from TTS . IMG_2177

Online Safety & Scratch2 @Queensbridge

We were asked to go into Queensbridge to work with their year6’s, looking at how to use scratch to begin to program their multiple choice online safety quizzes. As it was Safer Internet Day #SID17  part of the morning session was use to plan possible question and discuss answers.

Hopefully some of these will be finished in time to enter our competition.

Good Luck



Safer Internet Day 2017 #SID2017

This week sees the launch of our annual Online Safety competition for Bolton schools.


This coincide with the run up to Safer Internet day #SID2017 ran by UK Safer Internet Centre.

The UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.

This year theme is:

Be the change: unite for a better internet

Schools can register as a supporter and there are a range of education packs to support schools.

It would be great to hear what your school is planning to do for #SID2017

St Gregory’s RC Primary claim their Online Safety prize!

Earlier on in the year we ran our Online Safety competition for primary schools linked to Safer Internet Day  We were please to announce that St Gregory’s RC primary won!

Their prize was a trip to our training centre for a day of computing using Lego. We had a selection of children from year3 – year6, some used Lego WeDo2 and some used Lego Mindstorm.

Here are our highlights.

And the winners are ….

Online Safety Competition VeeMakinOnce again a fantastic response from Bolton schools.
Thank you to all schools that supported this years Online Safety competition.

There were posters, collages, Power points, board games, coding games, raps and songs, stop motion videos, models and even an edible e-safety cookie!

Here are some of the highlights.

What did you do for Safer Internet Day 2016 ?

This year I was asked to go to a school and deliver a school assembly and then work with upper KS2 children.

We decided that we would work in the hall, no chairs or tables just flip chart paper and felt tip markers what more could we have asked for!

The first task was to look at all the different websites the pupils visited. We then collated data on the most popular sites and discussed implications of sharing images, why site have recommended age restrictions; this data is going to be used in maths lessons during the week.

Here are my morning highlights …

What were yours? it would be great to see what Bolton got up to for #SID16

Don’t forget… Our Online Safety Competition for Bolton Schools. The focus for our competition is linked to this year’s SID2016 theme – ‘Play your part for a better internet!’
Entries can be in any format – video, collage, posters, and the wackier the better!
Closing date for entries is 1pm Friday 26thFebruary 2016

The winning schools will be announced early March and displayed on BoltonSICT Blog site.

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