You may well have seen that today is Safer Internet Day, and we’d like to do our own little bit to help this great cause. For those of you unfamiliar with Safer Internet Day, it has become a landmark event in the online safety calendar. Originating as an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project in 2004, it is now run by the Insafe network who aim to be a the forefront of online issues, whether that be anything from social networking, to cyber-bullying.
This year’s theme is ‘Let’s Create A Better Internet Together’, and we at SocialSafe also believe that the best way to protect young people when they use the internet and online networking is to work with them, rather than simply telling them what not to do. Safer Internet Day works on many levels, whether it be educational videos, written advice, online Q&As or hosting events to promote the safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for children and young people.
A little while ago we spoke to some tech-savvy mums and dads, and created a guide for parents to help them gain a better understanding of the risks their children might be facing online, and how they can best protect and educate them. We believe that the collaborative approach of working together is better, and this is reflected in our PDF guide that you can download: 10 Essential tips to ensuring your child’s online safety.
If you have any thing to add or any great tips that you would like to share, then please get involved by leaving a comment below. We’d also urge you to take a look at the sites for Safer Internet Day and the UK Safer Internet Centre, as well as downloading our 10 Essential Tips.