On Tuesday 9th February 2016, millions across the UK and globally celebrated Safer Internet Day. For parents and carers, Safer Internet Day is a great time to have a conversation with their child about staying safe online.
For Safer Internet Day 2016 the theme was 'Play your part for a better internet' and young people from across the UK were exploring what they can do to help make the internet a kinder place. Perhaps you could talk to your child about what actions they could take to make the internet a kinder place?
Often we hear about the negative impact that the internet and new technology has on young people, but on Safer Internet Day we want to celebrate the positives and to explore what we can all do to make sure that all young people have a positive time online. Parents and carers play a crucial role in supporting children to navigate the risks and make the most of the opportunities offered by technology. The most important thing you can do is to have a conversation and stay engaged with your children's digital lives.
Safer Internet Day 2016 resources for parents and carers:
Find out more about how to keep your family safe online with the UK Safer Internet Centre's four steps:
- Have ongoing conversations with your children about staying safe online and why not use our family agreement?
- Use safety tools on social networks and other online services, eg Facebook privacy settings, YouTube Restricted Mode
- Decide if you want to use parental controls on your home internet
- Understand devices and the parental control tools they offer in our Parents' Guide to Technology
Share these tips, films and activities with your children: