Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world…
From cyberbullying to social networking, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and chooses a topic reflecting current concerns. It takes place this year on Tuesday 5th February, with a theme of ‘Together for a better internet‘.
We’re getting on board too and have got some great tips to help keep you and your children safe while you explore the web.
Stay SMART Online
S – Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information – such as your name, email, phone number, home address or school name – to people who you don’t know online.
M – Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ / carers permissions and when they can be present.
A – Accepting emails, IM messages or opening files from people you don’t know or trust can be dangerous, they may contain viruses or nasty messages.
R – Someone online may be lying about who they are and information you find on the internet may not be reliable.
T – Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried.
Help prevent cyber bullying by following these 7 rules:
- Always respect others – be careful what you say and what images you send
- Think before you send – it will quickly become public and will be around forever
- Treat your password like your toothbrush – don’t share it
- Block the bully – learn how to block or report anyone behaving badly
- Don’t retaliate or reply!
- Save the evidence – learn how to keep records of offending messages or images
- Make sure you tell – an adult, your school or a helpline in confidence
The Power of Image
There are now more ways than ever before to create, edit and share images and videos online.
Think of the last image you posted and ask yourself;
- Who saw it at the time and who could see it now?
- Would everyone understand the image or could it be misleading?
- If it was about someone, would you have said it to their face?
- If your post went viral, would you be happy?
- Are you happy for it to be part of your digital footprint?