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SnapChat: a warning for teachers and parents

Have you heard about the latest app hitting the schools and playgrounds?

SnapChat: - it is a photo-sharing app that lets you text a picture that disappears within one to 10 seconds. You take a picture with your phone, send it to your friend; they can view it for a few seconds and it disappears.

I guess the idea is that you can send a funny face to your friend, although I’m not sure this is how the app is playing out in the real world. Kids are using SnapChat to send pictures that may not be appropriate. Unfortunately, while the image does disappear there is a fairly easy way to capture it if you’re fast enough.

digital footprintIt’s probably worth warning/reminding the kids in your life to be smart. Learning ZoneXpress has a range of posters, DVD and lesson plans to help you teach kids about the possible dangers of online communication.

Staying Safe Online has been a popular pick. It helps kids learn that their digital footprint is the data trace left by your activity in a digital environment, whether on the Internet, buying something with a credit card, or using a mobile phone. Like everything on the web, digital data cannot be washed away - it remains forever, a permanent footprint. Discover how the things you do in a digital environment can ultimately impact your life.

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