Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries. The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community.
You may find that some of the children or young people you are caring for have taken part in safer internet activities at school or college. Here are FOUR things for you to think about as a family:
1. Have ongoing conversations with your children about staying safe online and why not use our family agreement? Talk to them about this or about internet safety day itself. The safer internet site gives you some conversations starters to use, including:
- Ask your child what they would like others do to make the internet a better place. What could they do?
- Encourage your child to do good ‘digital deeds’, maybe by showing you, a family member or friend how to do something better online
- Ask your child if they know where to go for help, where to find safety advice and information on privacy settings
- Ask your child what they would do if they saw something hateful online
2. Use safety tools on social networks and other online services, eg Facebook privacy settings, YouTube Restricted Mode
3. Decide if you want to use parental controls on your home internet
4. Understand devices and the parental control tools they offer in our Parents’ Guide to Technology
Also, you might find it helpful to use some of the films and activities with children. There are a lot of resources on the following sites:
AFA has its own E-safety policy.
Please do discuss any worries or questions with your Placement Manager