How you can make the Internet a Safe and Better Place for all?
Today, February 9, 2021 (Tuesday), is the celebration of the 18th Edition of Safer Internet Day (SID) with the theme “Together for a better internet.”
What is Safer Internet Day?
“SID is an annual celebration aiming to promote responsible, respectful, critical, and creative use of digital technologies, especially among children and young people. With a global, community led approach, SID encourages everyone to come together and play their part for a better internet.”
How to Make Internet a Safer and Better Place for All
As we celebrate Safer Internet Day, all stakeholders are encouraged to join together to make the internet a safer and better place for all.
Children and Young People
Children and young people can help create a better internet:
- by being kind and respectful to other online
- by protecting their online reputations (and those of others)
- and by seeking out positive opportunities to create, engage, and share online
Parents and Carers
Parents and carers play a crucial role in empowering and supporting children to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively, whether it is:
- by ensuring an open dialogue with their children
- by educating them to use technology safely and positively
- by acting as digital role models
Teachers, Educators, and Social Workers
Teachers, educator, and social workers can help to create a better internet:
- by equipping their pupils and students with digital, literacy skills
- by developing their critical thinking skills, so they can better navigate the online world
- by empowering them to create their own content, make considered choices online
- by setting a personal example of positive online behavior for their pupils and students
The industry can help to create a better internet:
- by creating and promoting positive content and safe services online
- by empowering users to respond to any issues thanks to clear safety advice, a range of easy-to-use safety tools, and quick access to support if things do go wrong
Decision Makers and Politicians
Decisions makers and politicians need to provide a culture in which all of the above can function and thrive, by ensuring:
- that there are opportunities in the curriculum for children and young people to learn about online safety
- that parents and carers have access to appropriate information and sources and services
They must also take the lead in governance and legislation, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people through effective child protection strategies for the digital world.
Everyone has a responsibility to make a positive difference online. We can all promote the positive:
- by being kind and respectful to other
- by seeking out positive opportunities to create and connect
- by reporting inappropriate or illegal content and behavior online
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Source: Safer Internet Day Org., SID