Safer Internet Day 2017 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 7th February with the theme ‘Play your part for a better internet!’
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint In-safe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and 31 national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.
The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Ultimately, a better internet is up to us!
For parents, Safer Internet Day is a great time to have a conversation with their child about staying safe online.
To help you get started, here are some ideas and resources.
Top tips for staying safe online
1. Talk to your child about their favourite websites. Starting a conversation on a positive foot can lead nicely into a chat about online safety.
2. If your child loves to use social networking sites, teach them about protecting their personal information by thinking about what they are sharing and who they are sharing it with. Show them how to use privacy settings, and how to block and report – and advise them to only accept friend requests from people they know in real life.
3. Remind your child that showing respect for others online is just as important as showing it offline. Encourage them to think before they post and encourage them to show positive behaviour online.
4. There are lots of ways you can advise your child about cyber bullying, if they are worried remind them to save the evidence and to always tell an adult they trust if something upsets them online.
5. There are ways in which you can help to prevent your child from seeing inappropriate content online. Have you considered parental controls and filtering in your home and also on your children’s portable internet enabled devices?
To children, online life is real life. NSPCC has joined forces with O2 to help parents explore and understand online life as kids know it. They have worked with over 500 parents and carers, and 1725 young people to review social networks and apps that children use. The website is called Net Aware. Please click on the link to read the reviews.