Safer Internet Day is marking its tenth year in promoting safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world.
The annual February event is organized by Insafe and co-sponsored by the European Union. The theme for the event this year is "Online rights and responsibilities", with the goal to encourage everyone to Connect With Respect.
Children and Teens OnlineIt is important for parents to ensure that your children understand that after information is made public on the Internet, it cannot be taken back. Be sure they understand the dangers that lurk not only in the form of computer viruses but also child predators.
Review the information at How to help your kids use social websites more safely and ensure that household rules are established and followed.
Cyber BullyingAs reported by Microsoft, 37% of children indicated in a survey that they have been bullied online. Another 24% admitted that they have bullied someone online.
Take a couple of minutes to go through the following quiz which includes five online-bullying scenarios. Follow the "learn more" links for helpful tips on correcting negative and reinforcing positive behaviors.
Safer Online Teen ChallengeWith cyber bullying a continuing problem, parents of youths between the ages of 13-18 are encouraged to point those teenagers to the Microsoft-sponsored Safer Online Teen Challenge.
The Teen Challenge is designed to enable teens to learn about online safety issues. It’s a fun way to get creative and talk with others about important digital topics.
Take the challenge to make every day a Safer Internet Day for you and your family to Connect With Respect.
Additional information about Safer Internet Day is available in the references below.
ReferencesInsafe: Safer Internet Day
Microsoft: Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day