A primary school has warned its parents about a new app feature, which shows your exact location on a map.
Buchanhaven Primary School in Peterhead posted the warning to parents on social media after Snapchat introduced its new ‘snap map’ feature.
Although the minimum age to sign up for Snapchat is 13, the school says it is aware of younger pupils who are already using it.
The app allows users to share their location with any Snapchat friends who can see where they are on a map. The school’s post said: “Although the legal age for Snapchat is 13 years old, we are aware that a number of our pupils use the app frequently.
“If your child uses the app please ensure that they have switched their profile on the ‘snap map’ to ghost mode – this means that nobody is able to see their exact location and their avatar/Bitmoji is hidden.
“To enable ghost view, ensure the app is updated, click into the app and into the camera/selfie mode and pinch the screen inwards (like you are zooming in on a picture).
“This will bring up the snap map.
“To enable ghost mode, click on the settings icon and click the option on.
“This means that your child’s location will now be hidden.”
The post also warned parents to remind their children about the necessity of staying safe online.
It said: “Please also remind your child about the importance of being safe while using technology and why they should never disclose their location to strangers.
“If anyone is having trouble enabling ghost mode please message the page and we will try to help you further.”
Councillor Anne Allan, who represents Peterhead North, praised the school for taking proactive steps to keep parents informed of the risks.
She said: “It shows that the school is aware of what is happening and making sure that they’re taking steps before this becomes an issue.
“The school is being pro-active. I commend the school for finding out about it and taking action.”