BE THE CHANGE: UNITE FOR A BET­TER IN­TER­NET

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FROM cy­ber­bul­ly­ing to so­cial net­work­ing, each year Safer In­ter­net Day (SID) helps to raise aware­ness around the world of on­line is­sues, and start con­ver­sa­tions about how to make the in­ter­net a safer place.

Started by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, which is part of the Euro­pean Union, SID sees hun­dreds of or­gan­i­sa­tions come to­gether to help pro­mote the safe, re­spon­si­ble and pos­i­tive use of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy for young peo­ple.

While it started in Europe, Safer In­ter­net Day is cel­e­brated glob­ally in more than 100 coun­tries now. Co-or­di­nated by the joint In­safe/INHOPE net­work, SID reached 2.8 mil­lion chil­dren and 2.5 mil­lion par­ents in 2016 and, this year, they hope to make it even big­ger.

The in­ter­net is a huge part of ev­ery­day life. Ac­cord­ing to a re­port by the Lon­don School of Eco­nomics, chil­dren in the UK be­tween the ages of 9-16 spend around 102 min­utes on­line ev­ery sin­gle day.

Since we’re spend­ing so much time on­line these days, it’s re­ally im­por­tant that we’re not giv­ing away too much in­for­ma­tion about our­selves, and are care­ful when talk­ing to and in­ter­act­ing with other peo­ple on­line.

This year’s topic is ‘Be the change: unite for a bet­ter in­ter­net’, and calls upon every­one who uses the in­ter­net to help make it bet­ter to­gether. One of the eas­i­est ways to do this is to make sure you’re be­ing re­spect­ful and kind when on­line, and seek­ing out op­por­tu­ni­ties to cre­ate, en­gage and share pos­i­tiv­ity!

Not every­one’s so thought­ful, so it’s also im­por­tant to re­mem­ber to take a stand when see­ing neg­a­tiv­ity on the in­ter­net. So­cial me­dia sites will al­ways have a re­port but­ton so, if you see cy­ber­bul­ly­ing, some­thing in­ap­pro­pri­ate, or just some­thing that you think shouldn’t be there, make sure to re­port it and let a trusted adult know what you’ve done.

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Don’t post any per­sonal in­for­ma­tion on­line. That in­cludes your ad­dress, email ad­dress or mo­bile num­ber.

Any­one can lie about who they are, so think care­fully about trust­ing what some­body says.

Think care­fully be­fore post­ing pic­tures or videos of your­self. Once you’ve put a picture up on­line, any­one can down­load and share it.

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