Safer Internet Day
Date posted: February 9, 2016
Today is Safer Internet Day, a day to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people around the world. This year’s theme is “Play your part for a better internet”.
To learn more about online safety for children and youth, visit The Door that’s not Locked, an Internet safety website with age-specific information on what kids are doing online, risks that may be associated with those activities, and age-appropriate tips for parents, educators and others on how to keep children safe. In addition to information, this site includes quizzes, downloadable tip sheets, and real life stories.
For Safer Internet Day, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection is offering internet safety resources free of charge until March 31st. The resources include: Billy Brings His Buddies, Zoe & Molly, What’s the Deal?, It is a Big Deal, Smartphone Safety, and School and Family Approaches to Intervention and Prevention: Addressing Self/Peer Exploitation. Some of these resources are available in class sets. These resources are only available to educators, child-serving organizations or law enforcement in Canada. To order these resources, click here.
Another comprehensive collection of resources on digital citizenship and digital life is the MediaSmarts website. Their Think Before You Share guides and posters fit the theme of this year’s Safer Internet Day.