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Safer Internet Day 2018: a parent's guide

Safer Internet Day is a global initiative that encourages safe internet use as well as highlighting online safety issues.

It is an annual event that takes place at the beginning of February. This year it is on Tuesday 6 February.

It’s an invaluable opportunity to promote the importance of good online conduct to children as well as reminding them what a fantastic resource the internet is when used well.

But how should you get involved in Safer Internet Day? Here’s a brief outline of what to expect and how you can get involved.

Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you

This year’s theme draws on how people interact with one another online, and the positive outcome in collectively calling for a ‘better’ internet.

This in itself is an excellent opportunity to discuss with your child what their favourite things about the internet are and how they’d like to improve it.

Why not ask them to share some online safety tips with you? That way you can find out what knowledge they’re confident in implementing online and the areas they may need extra support with.

How can I get involved?

Find out how your child’s school plans to celebrate Safer Internet Day and what you can do to support their events.

Participating in school activities will allow you to recognise their policy in regard to online welfare, the messages your child is receiving that support this and your role in maximising their online opportunities at home.

If you’re out and about celebrating, ensure you share what you’re doing on social media using the hashtag #SID2018. This will allow you to engage with others who are also marking the event as well as keeping up-to-date with anything else that is happening nearby.

As well as this, the Safer Internet Centre have created a wealth of resources to help you promote and celebrate the event far and wide, so it’s worth taking a look at these in preparation.

Overall, embracing Safer Internet Day allows you to be involved in your child’s online world in a positive and exciting way. Happy celebrating!

Further resources

Online risk: myths and facts

What can make young people vulnerable online?

What are parental controls and how can they help children stay safe online?

The 5 digital parenting rules that REALLY matter

Building children's online resilience

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