Safer Internet Day aims to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Safer Internet Day 2020 was celebrated globally and at Buttercup with the theme: Together for a better internet.
SAFER INTERNET DAY Tuesday 11th February 2020
10 tips to stay safe online
Not sure what advice to give your child? Our pointers have you covered.
- You should only talk to people you know and trust in real life-anyone can pretend to be a child online.
- If you do talk to people, you do not know, do not give away personal information- like what street you live on or where you go to school, or share your location with them. Say no to any requests they send you for images or videos of yourself and stop talking to them.
- Set your profiles to private, limit what others can see.
- Be ‘share aware’- think carefully about what you share and with who. Once it is out there, you’ve got no control over what the other person does with it. Remember, it is illegal to take, share or view intimate images of under-18s, full stop.
- Be mindful of your digital footprint. When you post online now could come back to bite you later, like when applying for jobs, college or university.
- If you see something upsetting, or someone bullies you, tell an adult you trust.
- Be aware that people will try to make their lives look exciting online. There is a lot of people that can-do photo editing to make their photos look better. So do not assume everything you see is a true representation of their life.
- Watch out for hoaxes and scams, like messages you’re meant to forward on or that ask you for payment details of your password.
- Take any content that glamorises gang lifestyles with a very large pinch of salt- it is not as glamorous as it looks. Be wary of schemes promising easy cash for receiving and transferring money too, they are almost definitely criminal activity.
- Watch out for loot boxes or other parts of games where you pay money to take a chance on getting a reward- you can get sucked into spending lots of money on them.
Don’t feel confident about starting a conversation with your child about what they are up to online? Read this advice from the NSPCC: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/talking-child-online-safety