Today is Safer Internet Day 2018 !

Create, Connect and Share Respect

A better internet starts with you

Did you know that today is the Safer Internet Day 2018 and this will be celebrated globally  with the slogan “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”. 

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation.

 

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 Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and 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.  

 

Here are some Top Tips for Parents and carers

 

A Better internet starts with you………………………..

 

1:  It starts with an open and honest dialogue.

Talk regularly with your child about how they use technology and find out what their digital life is like. Including what their favourite sites and services are and also how being online makes them feel. Not sure where to begin?

The UK Safer Internet Centre have some suggested conversation starters for parents

 

2: It starts with a balanced approach. 

As Parents its natural to feel worried about the risks posed by your child being online, but for young people the online world is exciting and fun, as it brings so many opportunities for them. Connect with your child by asking them to share with you their favourite things to do online, as well as discussing the risks they might come across.

 

3: It starts with using the tools available to help you

There are lots of tools to help you manage the devices used by your family. For example, knowing how to activate and use parental controls can help protect your child from seeing inappropriate content online. For advice and guidance on how to make use of parental controls and other safety features on devices, check out our free Parents’ Guide to Technology and see more advice in our advice centre for parents and carers  

 

4 It starts with a family agreement…..

The online world is an increasingly large part of modern family life, so it makes sense to approach it as a family too. Why not make a pledge together on how as a family you’re going to use the internet safely and positively? If you need help with this, have a look at our family pledge card for a great way to ensure that everyone is on the same page.

       The internet provides us with a wealth of information and knowledge and is a great resource for our children. Follow the advice provided by the UK Safe Internet Centre to have fun, safe access to a world of resources for your family.

Enjoy and stay safe......................................