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This year’s message for Safer Internet Day is about images – and how these are shared online.
In order to help you have the conversation with your children about image sharing, SID2017 have provided these factsheets and conversation starters.
The digital world is constantly changing and it can be hard to keep track of what your children are up to online. These newsletters contain lots of up to date information about the latest apps and crazes with advice on how to handle them.
This is published by ParentZone (http://parentzone.org.uk/)
The #Ditto newsletter is published every few weeks and contains useful articles. Click on the images to view the newsletter.
Safer Internet Day 2016 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 9th February with the slogan ‘Play your part for a better internet’.
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.
The UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at www.saferinternet.org.uk.
Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.
The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Get involved to play your part!
There are ways in which we can all contribute:
- Children and young people can help to create a better internet by being kind and respectful to others online, by protecting their online reputations (and those of others), and by seeking out positive opportunities to create, engage and share online. They can help to respond to the negative by being ‘helpful bystanders’: supporting peers if they encounter issues online, taking a stand against cyberbullying, and reporting any inappropriate or illegal content they find. Above all, children and young people should be encouraged to take their stand as digital citizens of the future – participating in debates on the future of the internet, and making their voices heard.
- Parents and carers can help to create a better internet by maintaining an open and honest dialogue with their children about their online lives, by supporting them with their personal development online and helping them to deal with any concerns or issues, seeking out positive opportunities to engage with their children online, and helping their children to find and use good quality digital resources. They can help to respond to the negative by staying engaged with their child’s online activity (as appropriate to their age), by modelling positive online behaviours themselves, and by also reporting any inappropriate or illegal content they find.
- Educators and social care workers can help to create a better internet by equipping children and young people with the digital literacy skills they require for today’s world, and giving them opportunities to use – and create – positive content online. They can help to respond to the negative by supporting young people if they encounter problems online, and by giving them the resilience, confidence and skills that young people need to navigate the internet safely.
- Industry has a role to play by creating and promoting positive content and safe services online and by empowering users to respond to any issues by providing clear safety advice, a range of easy-to-use safety tools, and quick access to support if things do go wrong.
- Decision makers and politicians need to provide the culture in which all of the above can function and thrive – for example, by ensuring that there are opportunities in the curriculum for children to learn and teachers to teach about online safety, ensuring that parents and carers have access to appropriate information and sources of support, and that industry are encouraged to self regulate their content and services. They must also take the lead in governance and legislation, and ultimately ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people through effective child protection strategies for the online world.
We hope that you will join with us, and Safer Internet Day supporters across the globe, on Tuesday 9 February 2016 – and beyond – to play your part in helping to create a better internet!
Find out more about what is happening in the UK on Safer Internet Day at www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day
Find out more about what is happening globally on Safer Internet Day at www.saferinternetday.org.
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This advice from Tiger Mobiles about how to keep children safe on their mobiles is very useful.
The latest e-safety newsletter is now available for parents. The focus this time is on social networking and online gaming – useful topics with the Christmas holidays approaching.
The UK Government has recently issued this advice for parents regarding cyberbullying.
There was a report on the news this morning that a Russian website is broadcasting footage from private webcams in the UK – including from children’s bedrooms. It has hacked into these as some users have not changed the logon details when they start using the webcam.
We’re not aware that anyone at Y Pant has been affected by this but suggest that parents and pupils would be wise to check they are following the correct procedures on their webcams. This mainly involves creating secure passwords. The Information Commissioner’s website has some very useful tips on this.
Students learn about all aspects of e-safety during their ICT, PSHE and Welsh Baccalaureate lessons at school. However it is important that parents and carers know how to protect their children online as well.
We subscribe to these newsletters which parents and carers may find useful. The back issues are available to download here and we will upload more as we get them.