On Tuesday 6th February, we will be showing our support for Safer Internet Day 2018. The slogan for this year’s campaign is “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you.”
AFA believes that we need to teach our young people how to use the internet in a safe way. And a better internet first starts with you! Here are some tips from the UK Safer Internet Centre on how to start:
It starts with an open and honest dialogue.
Talk regularly with your child about how they use technology, and find out what their digital life is like, including what their favourite sites and services are and also how being online makes them feel.
It starts with a balanced approach.
As parents, it’s natural to feel worried about the risks posed by your child being online, but for young people the online world is exciting and fun, as it brings so many opportunities for them. Connect with your child by asking them to share with you their favourite things to do online, as well as discussing the risks they might come across.
It starts with using the tools available to help you.
There are lots of tools to help you manage the devices used by your family. For example, knowing how to activate and use parental controls can help protect your child from seeing inappropriate content online.
It starts with knowing where to get help.
It can sometimes feel like young people are the experts in all things online, but remember – you are the life experts.
It starts with a family agreement.
The online world is an increasingly large part of modern family life, so it makes sense to approach it as a family too. Why not make a pledge together on how as a family you’re going to use the internet safely and positively?
Please see the link below for more information and resources available for you:
We will also be getting as many people to fill out a jigsaw puzzle piece to show what you are going to do make the internet a better place! Please show your support by downloading, completing and tagging us on Facebook 😊
You can also Tweet your support using #SID2018 and don’t forget to tag us in!