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Safer Internet Day

Tuesday, 07 February 2012

In today’s society, Internet safety is becoming more important. Although younger generations have confidence in using technology, do they really appreciate the importance of staying safe online?

Each year, on the second day of the second week of the second month ‘Safer Internet Day’ (SID) is celebrated around the world. The rapidly growing event was started in Europe and now has a presence in 74 countries, with thousands of people involved in different activities every year.

Designed to raise awareness of online safety issues, the initiative is given an annual theme. Previous years have included Cyber bullying and Social Networking but this year is focusing on ‘connecting generations’, with the tagline ‘Discover the world together…safely’. SID 2012 aims to ‘start the conversation between parents and children about the wonders of the Internet’. Insafe, the organisers of SID, are asking children to share their ICT and Internet skills with their parents whilst discussing how they can remain safe online.

So you may be wondering what you can do to make a difference and help to keep the World Wide Web safe in Schools. Here are our 5 suggestions on how to avoid and deal with the dangers and threats when browsing the Internet.

  • Be aware- Engage and evaluate the risks of the online environments your children are using in school. Investigate who they are talking to and ensure all the staff are aware of the safety tools offered on Social Networking Sites.
  • Get involved – Encourage parents to talk to their children and understand their experiences on the Internet. Advise them to keep an eye out for any unusual behaviour whilst or after they have been online.
  • Educate- Warn children of the potential dangers of the Internet. Ensure they understand the implications of their actions.
  • Protect – Ensure all computers in the school are secure and protected from inappropriate content. Block the sites where you feel the risks are high.
  • Act- Be sure to report anyone who is behaving badly keeping any records of offending content, pictures and conversations.
Insafe have published a variety of resources for schools to download including useful lesson plans and competitions, so why not log on and have a look for yourself.

"SID 2012 aims to ‘start the conversation between parents and children about the wonders of the Internet’."

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