Safer Internet Day 2012 7 February

 

Safer Internet Day (SID) is an international day promoting safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones throughout the world, it is celebrated in more then 70 countries and across 6 continents. This year Safer Internet Day 2012 will take place on Tuesday 7th February, join us on Facebook and Twitter where we will be placing top tips throughout the day to encourage you to stay safe. School Community Police Officers across the force area are encouraging the safe use of the internet to coincide with Safer Internet Day.

 

This is an annual event that is coordinated nationally by Insafe the European Safer Internet awareness-raising network which is co-funded by the European Commission.

 

Due to advances in technology, there are a variety of ways we are now able to communicate with one another, chatting online, IM – Instant Messaging, mobiles, chat rooms, social networking, file sharing and gaming. However, we also need to understand the potential risks involved when using online technology and mobile phones and how we can minimise these risks.

 

Safer Internet logoDid you know that…?

  • 26 per cent of children report having a public social networking profile.
  • 56 per cent of parents whose child has received nasty or hurtful messages online are not aware of this.
  • One in eight parents don’t seem to mediate their children’s online activities…
  • 73 per cent of children say their peers have helped or supported their internet use.

(http://www.saferinternetday.org/)

 

Top Tips

  • Always tell a trusted adult straight away if you are upset or worried about something that has happened online.
  • Never put your address on your social networking site.
  • Never send a person a picture without first checking with your parent or a guardian
  • Use your Privacy Settings
  • Don’t arrange to meet up with someone who you have met online.
  • Never give out any personal information about yourself. This includes your full name, address or school.

(http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/)

 

Top Tips for Parents

  • Be involved in your child’s online life.
  • Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online.
  • Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world.
  • Know what connects to the internet and how. Nowadays even the TV connects to the internet.
  • Consider the use of parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones.

(http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/)

 

We have placed some downloadable information in the box to the right of this page where you can print of and share some safety tips and advice.

 

Further information on how to keep your children safe online can be obtained via the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) website - http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/ .

 

 

 

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