This week sees Safer Internet Day (SID2018) on Tuesday 6th. An annual event that seems to be getting bigger each year. This post has a look at some of the resources made available this week that can be used to explore online safety not just this week, but that might be useful at any point in future
All over the world
SID is an international event, so there are national versions of the Safer Internet Day Website – This means you can look for tips and resources from countries other than Ireland
This first link is a selection of resources from other countries
Irish page – http://www.saferinternetday.ie/resources/
Much of the advice is around starting conversation between parents/carers and their children/young people. There are plenty of tips to be had around protecting your profiles on social media and apps, but also about how ot report any inappropriate or unwanted contacts.
A couple of great starting points in Ireland are Webwise and Spunout.
Webwise has explainers, resources you can download or order hard copy from them. There is a lot here for parents, young people, teachers and youth workers. Yesterday they launched a new resource for schools to be delivered by An Gardai called ‘Be in Cntrl’
Cybersafe is also useful. They deliver talks to schools all over Ireland, and have recently been running a pilot programme in Co Wicklow. This week they launched their flyer for parents about how to talk to your child about staying safe online
Australia’s e-safety page has comprehensive list of apps and social media sites looking at settings, abuse and privacy. You can also find out about their e-safety commissioner on their website
In the UK this page from the South West Grid for Learning is aimed at young people and parents offering advice and information around issues resulting from sexting incidents – So You Got Naked Online (note the support organisations are British)
Also from the UK, a Snapchat Checklist – https://d1afx9quaogywf.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/Resources/Snapchat%20Checklist%20interactive.pdf
The Head of the Digital Youth Council of Ireland – Harry McCann recently tweeted with a small number of common sense tips for online safety https://twitter.com/TheHarryMcC/status/956908507709747202
EuroPol has released a series of images with tips for banking online, shopping online and for dealing with requests for photos
Wicklow Comhairle na nOg also launched their Cyberbullying Charter. This was created by young people in County Wicklow following a survey and consultation with young people right across Co Wicklow. It has messages for bullies, those bullied, organisations and all stakeholders in a bullying situation
Safer Internet Day seems to be an event that is becoming more important each year, with an increasing number of events and a greater need to improve not just our children’s digital literacy, but a greater awareness of how parents and adults in general can promote a safer internet