Safer Internet Day 2018 – ways to be safe on the internet
6th February 2018
Safer Internet Day 2018 is celebrated globally on Tuesday 6th February. This year, their slogan is “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”. 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. The internet is an amazing resource which enables children and young people to connect, communicate and offers creativity in a number of different ways, on a range of devices, but we still have to be cautious of the risks and challenges associated with being online. This Safer Internet Day 2018, we need to consider the ways to be safe on the internet so we can embrace the positives of using it.
let’s start with the stats for Safer Internet Day 2018
- 99% of 12-15 year olds go online, for nearly 21 hours a week
- Almost a quarter of 8-11s and three-quarters of 12-15s have a social media profile
- 17% of 8-11s and 29% of 12-15s who go online say they have seen something online that they have found worrying or nasty
- 45% of 12-15s who go online say they have seen hateful content online in the last year
- One in ten 12-15s have seen something online or on their phone of a sexual nature that made them feel uncomfortable
- 12% of 12-15s say they have been bullied on social media, equal to the number who say they have been bullied face to face
the online risks & the ways to be safe on the internet?
- Own behaviour: children may be at risk of sharing too much. It is important to talk to your child about their digital footprint and how the impact of their online activity can affect both themselves and other people. Safer Internet Day 2018 encourages children to make positive choices online, and share things with others to cheer them up or make them laugh. They must know never to be influenced by what others are doing online.
- Age-appropriate content: children can be open to a range of unreliable and inappropriate content that may be hurtful or harmful. This content could be access via social networks, online games, blogs and websites. Ensure you teach your child how to assess content in a way that distinguishes between reliable and unreliable content, making them aware of the ways to be safe on the internet. This only takes a quick discussion.
- Dangers of receiving abusive contact: Children must realise that the friends they meet online may not be who they say they are. They must take advantage of privacy settings to customise who is able to view their profiles. Children must also be made aware of how to react and report an incident if they were subject to cyberbullying or inappropriate comments online. Remember never to accept people who are not your friends!
- Commercialisation: The enjoyment of games and apps online can be affected by unwanted advertising and marketing schemes, which can result in unintentionally spending money online. You must encourage your children to learn how to detect and block both pop ups and spam emails, turn off in-app purchasing where possible, and use family email addresses when filling in forms.
This Safer Internet Day 2018, we all need to start our journey for becoming safe internet users. The internet can be a happy and positive place if we all make ourselves knowledgeable on the ways to be safe on the internet and share these tips and concerns with our children.
Play your part this Safer Internet Day 2018, and get involved in their social media campaign using the hashtag #ItStartsWithUs. Click here to see how you can get involved!