Archive | July, 2017

Snapchat security advice

There has been a lot of coverage in the media over the last few days of the recent update to Snapchat. A new feature called ‘Snap Map’ has been introduced which allows people to locate other users based on their location. It is accurate enough to isolate users to a particular household. This feature poses a significant risk to a child’s safety online and in the real world.

CEOP have issued advice to parents, outlining the features and risks of Snapchat and how you can make sure your child is using it safely and responsibly.

CEOP Snapchat guidance

If your child or any of their siblings are using Snapchat we recommend that you turn off this feature as a matter of urgency.

How to turn off Snap Map location sharing

  • When in photo-taking mode, pinch the screen to open Snap Map
  • Touch the settings cog in the top right corner of the screen
  • Tap “Ghost Mode” to switch off location sharing
  • Photos and videos posted to Snapchat’s public ‘Our Story’ will still be discoverable on the map

(sourced from BBC News)

Gold for Lowerplace!

We’re proud to report that Lowerplace has achieved Gold in the Sainsbury’s School Games Mark for the 2016-17 school year – the second year in a row!

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.

With so many of our children competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.

As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.

We look forward to applying once again in 2018!