Safer Internet Day 2018 will be celebrated globally tomorrow, Tuesday 6th February.
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.
As leader in the online safety space, O2 are again in full support of Safer Internet Day this year. On Tuesday 6th February, we’ll be doing some live tweeting on the @O2 Twitter account with one of the NSPCC experts, sharing tips and advice, and answering any questions you may have.
And we’re not forgetting the O2 Community. If you have any questions about our partnership with the NSPCC, or more specific questions about keeping your children safe online, then let us know in the comments below and we’ll respond to them on the day, with help from our NSPCC team.
PS. If you think of any questions after Safer Internet Day, don't worry - get in touch here or on our Social Media accounts and we'll always offer help & advice.
Thank you for the PM received earlier today
This is a topic of indefinable importance to all of us and our future generations.
As we all know these days many parents and guardians (responsible adults) abrogate their responsibility with regard to protecting and showing love to the child in their care because they are too busy with their own lives.
They leave the policing and disciplining of their child to the teacher, social worker and the authorities etc.
To be in loco parentis is a very responsible and thankless task but can be easier with the active participation of the parent, guardian etc
Any means of protecting any child from the undesireable information available on the internet must and should be applauded/supported no matter how stringent.
I am not a parent nor a grandparent but I do have young godchildren who are fascinated with my phone. With their parents' permission, I tell them about the bad things that can happen on line and what to look out for, in a language they can understand. For some reason they think I'm cool and liaten to me in a way they don't listen to their parents.
I'm no expert, obviously, but I think that's the most important thing you can do is make children aware of the dangers that lurk online and what to look out for, like not giving out personal info or posting pics. And regularly checking what your kids are doing online without being invasive.
It's becoming more and more essential as children younger and younger are given mobile phones.
I think the safety of our children is paramount.
It's a great move by O2 to team up with the NSPCC. We always monitored our grandsons activity on PC when he was here, as did his parents. My grandaughters mother works in IT and uses a lot of parental controls on devices they use.
Sadly in this day and age, this is becoming more and more difficult with unlimited access to social media.
Remember, our children and grandchildren have friends whose parents may not be as vigilant, so they will have access to restricted content via that route.
My daughter in law told me a story of two girls (under 11) who are at the school she teaches. They both had second phones unknown to their parents.
So whilst we all do what we can, I fear it just might not be enough....:smileysad:
How on earth did children that age get second phones? What sort of pocket money are they getting that they can afford to buy a second phone that the parents are unaware of?
That's a frightening tale. And I agree @Cleoriff no matter how much we do we can't make children 100% safe online.
You can get very cheap PAYG phones anywhere nowadays Glory. Tesco being one place. I don't know the full story as my daughter in law kept names out of it. I think one was bought by her sister and the other by her friends mother.
I think that's the tip of the iceberg if honest.
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