Safer Internet Day 2016: Online Safety Tips
Safer Internet Day is today (Tuesday 9th February 2016).
The theme of the day is to encourage children, young people and adults to play their part for a better and safer internet!
Safer Internet Day has been coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre. Hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote awareness to keeping safe and being responsible online.
So what can you do to get involved? Play your part!
You can play your part by using the educational packs and SID TV films, which are now available on the Safer Internet website. Or you can get involved by sharing the #shareaheart on social media in order to raise awareness to inspire kindness online.
You can also create your own pledge for 'play your part for a better internet' you can do this by encouraging your classmates and your teachers to film videos that you can send in to our site. The pledge can be a promise of something you will do on Safer Internet Day, in order to make the online world a safer place for young people.
Tips for staying safe online
- Don't post any personal information online, such as your home address, your email or your telephone number
- Keep your privacy settings as high as possible
- Never give out your passwords
- Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are
- Don't befriend people you don't know
- Do not meet up with people you've met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do.
- Think carefully before you post something online
- If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.
- Respect other people's views, even if you don't agree with someone else's views that does not mean you have to be rude.
- Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you've put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download or save it. It's just not yours anymore.
If you are worried about anything and need to talk to someone then Meic, the advocacy, information and advice helpline for children and young people in Wales, can help you. You can call the helpline free on 080880 23456, text them on 84001 or chat to them online at www.meiccymru.org.
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