Today is Safer Internet Day 2019 and this year the campaign is bigger than ever! More than 2,000 organisations and schools across the UK getting are involved to help inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.
Celebrated globally and coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity to talk to your family and friends about the safe, responsible and positive use of technology, and to pledge how you will help to create a kinder online community.
For Safer Internet Day the UK Safer Internet Centre has invited everyone to play their part in making the internet a better place, so here at HiViz Safety we are doing our bit by looking at Childnet International’s simple but SMART rules of internet safety for young people.
S is for Safe
Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
M is for Meeting
Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
A is for Accepting
Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
R is for Reliable
Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information with other websites, books or someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family.
T is for Tell
Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
Please share this simple, clear advice with the young people in your family and lets work ‘together for a better internet’.
For more information, tips and advice for parents, carers, teachers and children on internet safety visit https://www.childnet.com/ or https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2019
For help with all your other workplace safety issues go to www.hivizsafety.co.uk or call our team on 01724 712342.