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Are you aware of the new Snapchat feature?

Are you aware of the new Snapchat feature?

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 10:40am 27th July 2017.

Snapchat has a new maps feature and it has kicked up quite a fuss.

The new function allows you to share your exact location with others on Snapchat.

The Snap Map shows a user's Bitmoji, their cartoon avatar within Snapchat, pinpointed on a world map.

This means users of the app can see where in the country their Snapchat contacts are.

You can also see location-based pictures and videos.

Users can then zoom into the map to see the exact location of their friends, as close as the street they are on.

North Yorkshire child safety experts are warning parents to make sure their children are staying safe on the app.

The Board is warning that sharing locations can be risky as people you do not know may be able to make contact or see what you have posted.

The top 3 tips for using the app are:

  1. Only show information and locations with people you know in person - never share that location with strangers.
  2. Don't add contacts to Snapchat who you don't know in person.
  3. Check the settings regularly.

James Parkes, a member of North Yorkshire's children's safeguarding board explains the options available on the feature: "What we'd like to do is make people aware of the location settings that are available, so they can either make themselves hidden or just available to their friends, or even a selected group of friends.

"We acknowledge that social media plays an important part in the lives of most people, so we're not here to stop people from being online.

"We want to make sure people have the right information and education when keeping themselves safe online."

For those of you who want to know how you change the application settings, have a look at our step by step guide:

 

 

Anyone who has concerns about an online experience or is looking for support can contact a number of organisations:

  • The NSPCC provides advice and support to parents, carers and other adults and can be contacted on 0808 800 5000 or help@nspcc.org.uk 
  • Children and young people can contact Childline on 0800 1111 
  • The Child Exploitation Online Protection (CEOP) and for young people, Think U Know

Or visit the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board website at www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/