Safer Internet Day (SID) is being held today, Tuesday 7th February 2012. Its aim is to keep people using online technologies safe and 'to discover the digital world together safely.' The focus is now also on mobile technologies owing to the rising numbers of us accessing the Internet via handheld devices such as smartphones.
Young people have traditionally been the main target of SID but its message is for us all irrespective of age. With the explosion of social networks in recent years, parents are keener than ever to protect their children online and the theme of this year's day reflects this: 'connecting generations and educating each other'. We all have a part to play in both sharing knowledge and seeking advice should there be areas of concern.
Take a look at the Safer Internet Day video below:
There is lots of coverage today online and in the press about staying safe online, here’s a round up:
Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day is organised by Insafe each year in February to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.
UK Safer Internet Centre
Here you can find out the latest advice on how to use the internet and new technologies safely and responsibly. Also find a range of practical resources, news and events focussing on the safe and responsible use of the internet and new technologies.
Safer Internet Day Live - the internet radio programme
For the second year running, the UK Safer Internet Centre will be presenting Safer Internet Day Live; a marathon radio programme on Safer Internet Day from 9am to 9pm (GMT) and broadcasting over the Internet and around the world. A fully interactive experience, listeners will be encouraged to txt, email, Skype, IM and even phone in with questions to challenge the panel of experts from around the world.
CEOP's Thinkuknow Parents and Carers Guide to the Internet
The internet has changed all of our lives, particularly our children’s. For parents and carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of. For many of us, this can all be a bit too much. You might be struggling to keep up with the things your child is doing online, you might wonder whether what they are doing is safe, and you might also be thinking how can I be as good a parent online as I am offline? This site aims to make online parenting simple.
BBC Share Take Care
The BBC’s Share Take Care campaign is part of its commitment to media literacy and online safety for young people. Working in partnership with The UK Safer Internet Centre to support Safer Internet Day, the BBC's campaign aims to raise awareness of the issues around safeguarding reputation online.
Hunting the Internet Bullies
Online bullying is rapidly growing in size and intensity. A new breed of self-styled "trolls" are stalking social networking websites, aiming their vicious attacks at victims who range from TV celebrities to grieving teenagers. Declan Lawn meets X Factor star Cher Lloyd, who describes how cyber attacks are ruining her life, and highlights a new survey revealing that one in thirteen young people face persistent online bullying. Panorama tracks down some of the bullies and asks: what more could be done to stop them?
BBC Panorama: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01c00y3
Not enough done to tackle cyberbullying, warns NSPCC
Not enough is being done to tackle cyberbullying, according to the NSPCC.
The UK's largest children's charity says better awareness has helped to address the problem.
BBC Newsbeat: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/16915104
A child's journey from Club Penguin to Facebook
Staying safe online can be complicated enough for adults - hands up those who have clicked on a spam link or inadvertently downloaded a virus to their PC? - so imagine what a minefield it can be for a child.
BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16836318
Has the internet ruined your life?
New research for 5live & Radio 1 found almost half of young people say they or someone they know has regretted sharing pictures or comments online.
The survey, for Safer Internet Day, also suggested that a third of teenagers who had "over-shared" online felt their reputation was damaged by it.
BBC Radio 5 Live: http://www.bbc.co.uk/5live/connect/
Safer Internet Day: Spy software father warns parents
A father who spied on his teenage daughter and found she was having sex with a 38-year-old ice hockey coach has warned other parents to be vigilant.
BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-16911260
Safer Internet Day: TalkTalk to force parents to make ‘active choice’ on web controls
Internet service provider TalkTalk is to ask all parents signing up for broadband if they want to protect their children from potentially harmful web content.
The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/broadband/9057049/Safer-Internet-Day-TalkTalk-to-force-parents-to-make-active-choice-on-web-controls.html