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

The Gates parent iPad project

TheGates LogoThe Gates Primary Schools was recently successful in obtaining some Lottery funding to promote family links within school,  I was asked to deliver a block of after school parent & children sessions where the focus was – using iPads to support their child at home.

I have demonstrated how teachers use Purplemash in their lessons, recapped how to log on and save. We have used lots of computer science app like LightBot, Kodable and beeBot apps. Last we were using apps that made puppets and photos talk – iFunface, Morpho  and Yakit Kids – there has been lots of hands on, nervousness and much laughter!

Lego let loose @BoltonSICT

News is spreading through our schools here in Bolton, regarding our computing trip. This time is was the turn of St Maxentius school to come to our training centre.

They spent the day using the Lego software WeDo, they used the ipads to record their learning. In the afternoon a small group were chosen to work with Mr Mills using the LEGO Mindstorm – just opening the box looked complicated!  Here is a video of some of the highlights:

Our Computing School Trip

Today saw the first school computing trip to Bolton Schools ICT Centre.

St Osmund & Andrew School came for a whole day  of computing activities. In the morning children worked in pairs building Lego robots and then used the computer to program the robot. In the afternoon there were two activities –  using specific control and programming apps on the ipads –  Bee-Bot, LightBot, Kodable and the new Scratch Jr. The other activity was to use new log in details to PurpleMash and again concentrating on developing their programming skills the children used the program – 2Code.

It was a long day but before the children knew it, it was time to go home, you can see fro the video it was a fun packed learning day !

If you attended this day, it would be great if you could share what you enjoyed and learnt from your trip .