Safer Internet Day 2017
By Janaki Mistry, February 2017
Safer Internet Day is happening on Tuesday 7 February. It’s a day for schools and other organisations to help children and young people enjoy a safer and more positive online experience.
There are lots of ways you can get involved and support Safer Internet Day. Find out more by visiting the Safer Internet Day website.
Safer Internet Day is encouraging young people to post a smiley selfie or fill in their specially designed emoji through their #giveasmile campaign.
Tips on how to stay safe online
As part of Safer Internet Day, You & Co wants you to consider how you use the Internet and how you behave online.
Do you tag your location when you upload a photo to Instagram or Twitter?
Would you ever consider meeting up with someone you just met online?
Have you ever shared a photo of yourself to a stranger?
If the answer is ‘Yes’ to the above questions, check out our useful tips on how you can stay safe and protected online.
Get help if you don’t feel safe online
If you don’t feel safe online, there are a number of people you can talk to:
- You & Co offers one-to-one support through our free Supportline on 08 08 16 89 111 (24-hour at the weekend, 8pm-8am in the week) or you can find out about the support available near you.
- ChildLine runs a 24-hour helpline on 0800 1111, which gives advice and support for any issues you may be dealing with.
- Thinkuknow provides information on how to stay safe online for young people as well as parents and guardians.
- You can also ask a trusted adult for help and support if it makes you more comfortable.