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Safer internet day

Tuesday, 11 February is Safer Internet Day, a European initiative encouraging responsible use of the internet and online communications, particularly among younger people.
Safer internet day 2014

Improving our internet

‘Let’s create a better internet together’ is the focus of this year’s day and there will be events held around the world to encourage and explore this idea.

Ten years of Facebook

It seems like it’s been around forever, but as of this week Facebook is a decade old. For most of us it’s hard to imagine life without the internet: social media, entertainment, news sources, online banking, shopping – the list is endless and we take it all for granted.

Savvy, but safe?

With phones, tablets and wifi available everywhere, we’re so used to being online it’s easy to be lulled into a false sense of security. An ideal example of this is facebook and its privacy settings. They continually change, but when was the last time you updated yours?

Staying safe online isn’t all about privacy though. Unfortunately we hear all too often about the dangers of cyberbullying and chatting to strangers online.

Leaving tracks

Another issue is our online footprint and its permanence, “be careful of what you post and like” etc etc. In fact, we hear it so often it can be a bit like white noise and we tend not to notice it.

It is important to try and live in the moment and not fret over the future. But, is it really worth putting something up that could have a negative impact down the road?

Use it your way

We all know the internet constantly evolves. But it doesn’t just happen, it changes because of us and how we use it.

Being aware of what we’re doing online doesn’t mean we can’t interact or make it a normal part of life, we just need to be more conscious about our activity. Take a minute to consider the impact your behaviour might have on you or somebody else and take the time to stay up-to-date with online security.

Safer internet all year round

The organisers of the Internet Safety Day, Insafe, have information, access to resources and helplines available on their website.

Have a look at more information on bullying, online safety or accessing help online should you need it.

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