Tuesday the 8th of February 2011 is Safer Internet Day.
Safer Internet Day is organised by Insafe to promote safer and more responsible use of mobile and online technology for children and young people around the world.
Insafe are Co-funded by The European Union.
This is the 8th year that Safer Internet Day will be celebrated, last year saw 500 events in 65 countries worldwide.
Each year Insafe chooses a different theme for people to base the activities on.
This year is its Virtual lives, and the slogan is - Its more than a game, its your life.
Virtual lives: Online gaming and social networking, the two most popular online activities for our youth.
The aim is to get the message across to children and young people that although they are hidden behind an avatar or a gamertag, actions in virtual lives can and will affect real lives.
We all need to be aware of the consequences of our online actions, whether good or bad.
Children especially need to know how to be safe and responsible online and they can learn this the same way they learn everything else, with our support and encouragement.
A few easy ways you can help
· Inform your school and find out if they are taking part.
· Become a fan of the Insafe Facebook page – Insafe
· Become a fan of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre Facebook page – CEOP
· Put the banner above on your website.
· Host an event in your community.
· Repost this blog.
You will find lots of information and free resources from these links
Childnet – http://www.childnet.com/safety/sid.aspx
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre - http://www.ceop.police.uk/
Think you know – http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/mylifeonline/
I hope you can join in helping our children have the best virtual and real lives possible and also assist in raising awareness of this excellent event with me, thanks.