Tuesday 6th February 2018 marks Safer Internet Day which is dedicated to encouraging people to use the internet responsibly in both adults and children. We are proud to support this day as we frequently use the internet and have seen what it is like for someone to addicted to technology, bullying etc. Our blog today will tell you more about it and what you can do to help!
Parents, carers and guardians
To all those who have young children to look after, do they use the internet? If so, how do you know if they are being safe and what they are doing is completely fine? Checking up on your children as they use the internet freely is advised so you can ensure they are safely and responsibly using the internet.
Another way would be to help to educate your children is to sit down with them and show them how to freely and safely use the internet.
Here is an Education Pack for Parents and Carers the UK Safer Internet Centre provides for you to download.
11-18 year olds
The top end of this age group should be aware of how to use the internet safely and know what they should and should not be doing and what is right and wrong. The top tips to abide by are:
- Connect with family, friends, social groups etc. and use your internet use wisely to create and maintain these relationships
- Put yourself in other peoples shoes as you often cannot see how they’re feeling online and messages can be misinterpreted instead of being face to face
- Are you happy with the image your profile is painting you out to be? Analyse how someone would see you with the content you post online for both present and future
- Take control of your activity! Enable privacy settings so that people who are connected with you are the only ones who can see your posts
- Not everything is trustworthy online. Keep and eye out and be aware of things that may not be true and NEVER meet up with someone you met online
Under 11 year olds
Not every eleven year old will have access to the internet and most likely will not read this blog. However, I do know that the majority of people reading this will in fact have a child who fits this age group. Here are some top tips to teach your kids:
- Keep all personal information safe and check with an adult before sharing anything online
- Every user is real so be kind and positive like you would do face-to-face
- If you ever upset someone deliberately or accidentally, saying sorry is the most positive action you can take
- Take a break every now and again – being online too much can be stressful
- If you feel someone has upset you or you have seen something wrong online, speak to somebody about it . Always tell an adult if something worries you
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