Safer Internet Day 2015This term Future Schools Trust is supporting Safer Internet Day (SID) 2015 on Tuesday, 10 February. Coordinated by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the day will globally celebrate the theme ‘Let’s create a better internet together’.
The day will see hundreds of organisations getting involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people, and the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It will call upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and the wider community, to join together in helping to create a better and safer internet.
In championing a better internet, the day aims to encourage young people to embrace technology and make the most of the positive opportunities offered online, while giving them the resilience, skills, knowledge and support they need to navigate any online risks they may come across.
There are ways in which we can all contribute:
Children and young people can help to create a better internet by being kind and respectful to others online, by protecting their online reputations and by seeking positive opportunities to create, engage and share online.
Parents and carers can help to create a better internet by maintaining an open dialogue with their children about their online lives, supporting them with their online activity, and seeking out positive opportunities to engage with their children online.
Educators and social care workers can help to empower children and young people to embrace the positive by equipping them with the digital literacy skills they require for today’s world, and giving them opportunities to use and create positive content online. They can help to respond to the negative by supporting young people if they encounter problems online, and by giving them the resilience, confidence and skills that young people need to navigate the internet safely.
Top tips for parents/carers to help children to stay safe online:
- Talk to your child about their favourite websites. Starting a conversation on a positive foot can lead nicely into a chat about online safety.
- 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.
- 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.
- There are lots of ways you can advise your child about cyberbullying, if they are worried remind them to save the evidence and to always tell an adult they trust if something upsets them online.
- 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?