BE THE CHANGE: UNITE FOR A BETTER INTERNET
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.
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.