While the internet-age has connected friends and families across the globe and made shopping easier, the cyber world can be a dangerous place.
In a recent survey, one in 10 adults who use social media claim to have been a victim of a cyber-attack, and, compared to adults, children under the age of 18 are 51 times more likely to have their identities stolen.
On February 13, 2018, join the “Safer Internet Day” movement to help create a safe and better internet “where everyone is empowered to used technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively”, according to the National Safer Internet Day website.
According to www.saferinternetday.us, Safer Internet Day gained official recognition in the U.S. in late 2012, with a joint agreement between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the European Commission to work together to build a better internet for youth.
On this important day, talk to your friends and family – but most importantly your children – on how to use the internet responsibly, and to understand warning signs of inappropriate behavior.
Here are some key talking points:
- Remember everyone can have their own opinion, even if it differs from yours. Do not “troll” or provoke other internet users.
- While the internet is meant to connect all corners of the globe, only accept friend requests from people you know, and never agree to meet a stranger in person.
- When in doubt, use your instincts and common sense – if something seems too good to be true, it definitely is. If something or someone makes you uneasy, cut off all communication.
- Never give out personal information about yourself or others.
- If there is NO padlock in the browser window or ‘https://’ at the beginning of the web address to signify that it is using a secure link, do not enter personal information on the site.
- Check for an address, phone number and/or email contact – these are often indications that the website is genuine. If in doubt, send an email or call to establish authenticity.
- In general, have a positive attitude on social media. If you wouldn’t say something to a person’s face, don’t say it on online.
While the internet can be an entertaining space, we must remember to use it responsibly. “Be the Change: Unite For a Better Internet.”
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