Safer Internet Day 2018 is being celebrated globally today on Tuesday 6th February 2018 with the slogan “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”.
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.
It starts with meaningful connections.
Use your time wisely online to create, develop and maintain positive and valuable connections with friends, family members, social groups, charitable causes etc.
It starts with empathy.
It can be hard to understand how people are feeling online, often messages can be misinterpreted when you can’t actually see someone face to face. Put yourself in their shoes, listen, don’t judge and reassure. Showing empathy online is really powerful and builds positive relationships.
It starts with being the best version of you.
What do your images and videos say about you; are you happy with the story you are telling? How would someone perceive you now and in the future based on your posts and comments? What you share online could be there forever! Ensure you are posting positively and respectfully about yourself and if someone posts something about you that you aren’t happy with, ask them to take it down.
It starts with being in control.
Remember that you are in control of your online activity, it’s not in control of you! Start with updating your privacy settings and ensure that you always keep your personal information safe.
It starts with thinking critically.
Don’t be fooled… not everything or everyone online can be trusted. Fake news was last year’s word of the year so it’s certainly something to watch out for and be aware of. Before you believe what you read online think carefully about where it comes from, who’s written it and whether you can find a similar message on other trusted websites. Never agree to meet up with someone you only know online. No matter how friendly they might seem or how well you think you know them, they are still a stranger.
Help us keep Sussex safe Seen something suspicious or have information about a crime or incident? Please contact us online, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101. Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org