Today (11 Feb) marks the eleventh annual Safer Internet Day (#SID2014), a day dedicated to finding out how we can help make the internet a safer place.
Safer Internet Day’s target is to promote the safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world – the campaign slogan is “Let’s create a better internet together”.
The need for parents to talk to their children about internet safety is one of the key drivers of this day. UK Safer Internet research reveals that although more than two-thirds (68%) of parents say that they have spoken to their child/children about at least one key internet safety issue, only one in five (19%) say that they have spoken to their child/children about how to report something online.
As a consequence, more needs to be done to educate children in the skills needed to respond to online matters such as cyberbullying and inappropriate content.
To find out more, visit the Safer Internet website, or check out Get Safe Online’s guide on safeguarding children online. Experian also has a guide on how to protect yourself and your family while social networking online.