Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day is an annual global event that aims to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world. At the Russell Martin Foundation, we recognise the importance of ensuring that children have the knowledge and tools to navigate the digital world safely. That's why we are proud to join the celebration of Safer Internet Day, advocating for a safer online environment for all.
This year, on Safer Internet Day, all students at the ETP centres will be participating in special activities and discussions focused on online safety. Our goal is to empower children with the skills they need to make informed decisions and protect themselves from potential online risks.
Here are some essential tips that children and parents can follow to enhance their online safety:
Keep Personal Information Private
Encourage children to be cautious about sharing personal information online, including their full name, address, phone number, school name, and other identifiable details. Remind them that not everyone they meet online is trustworthy.
Use Strong Passwords
Teach children the importance of using strong, unique passwords for each of their online accounts. Emphasise the significance of combining letters, numbers, and special characters to create secure passwords.
Think Before Clicking
Remind children to think before clicking on links or downloading files from unknown sources. Encourage them to verify the authenticity of websites and messages to avoid falling victim to scams.
Respect Others Online
Create a culture of kindness and respect in online interactions. Encourage children to think about the impact of their words and actions on others and to report any instances of cyberbullying or inappropriate behaviour.
Set Boundaries and Time Limits
Establish clear rules and boundaries for screen time and online activities. Encourage children to take regular breaks from screens and to engage in offline activities with family and friends.
Stay Updated on Privacy Settings
Regularly review and update privacy settings on social media platforms and other online accounts. Ensure that children understand how to adjust their privacy settings to control who can see their posts and information.
Create an open and supportive environment where children feel comfortable discussing their online experiences and concerns. Encourage them to come to you with any questions or issues they may encounter online.
By following these simple yet effective tips, children and parents can work together to create a safer and more enjoyable online experience.