Safer Internet Day promotes the safe use of technology
What is Safer Internet Day 2017?
Safer Internet Day promotes the safe, responsible and positive use of the internet and digital technology for children and young people.
The slogan for this year’s celebration is: “Be the change: Unite for a better internet.”
Organised by the UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC) , last year’s Safer Internet Day reached 2.8 million children and 2.5 million parents in Britain.
Globally, more than 100 countries will take part in celebrations today.
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Advice for parents
A BT poll to mark Safer Internet Day has found that 85 per cent of adults are unable to translate worrying phrases used by children online such as MIA (bulimia), KMS (kill myself) and 99 (parents watching).
“For young people growing up with technology, this new language comes naturally, but it’s leaving some adults unsure about what is being said by their children online,” said BT's Pete Oliver.
“As we mark Safer Internet Day 2017, we think it's important for adults to speak to young people about how they use social media and chat online.”
Parents should be engaged with their children's internet usage
Parental controls can limit what your children can access
The UKSIC said that in order to ensure your children’s safety, it is important to be engaged.
Talk regularly with your child about how they use technology, find out how they communicate using words, images and videos.
It is also essential to be aware of what children can access using devices already in your household. Use parental controls to help protect children from inappropriate content.
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UKSIC says it is important to be there if something goes wrong and to reassure your child that they can confide in you no matter how embarrassed they might feel.
Finally, always encourage your children to be thoughtful and think critically about what they see and who they speak to online.