On 8th February it's the 19th edition of the global Safer Internet Day.
The theme is 'Together for a better internet' which is something all of us can get behind.
Safer Internet Day began in 2004 as an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project. In 2005 it was taken up by the Insafe network. Over the years this has grown and is celebrated by around 200 countries worldwide.
Each year the aim is to raise awareness of current online concerns and the emerging issues. From cyberbullying to digital identity and everything in between, it's a great chance to consider the digital issues that may be impacting our kids.
Together for a better internet
This repeated theme calls upon us to join together to make the internet a safer place for us all, but particularly for children and young people.
There are lots of things we can do to create a safer online world.
Top tips on how to protect your children:
Have a conversation
Regularly talk to your child about what they’re up to online and find out what social media sites they’re using. Not sure what to say to your child? No problem this article offers some great tips on how to talk to your child about this.
Not sure what TikTok is even though your child practically lives on it? It might be time to invest some time in researching all of the different apps that your child is using. You can find some great information about this on the Internet Matters website.
Set a good example
Nowadays most parents are also active on social media. If you’re a parent who does have social media, set a good example by asking your child before you post anything about them online. This will teach them about consent and to respect others online.
Don’t be embarrassed
When your child becomes old enough for sex education, it’s advised to chat to your child about the dangers of sexting, online predators and the dangers of sending explicate photos to people who they think they might be able to trust. Let them know that they can trust you so if they do come across any issues then they can always come to you for advice.
If you’d like to take part in the day or would like to find out more information, please visit www.saferinternet.org.uk.