Software, Technology

Safer Internet Day 7 Feb 2012


Safer Internet DaySafer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world. Safer Internet Day 2012 will take place on Tuesday 7 February 2012, centred on the theme “Connecting generations and educating each other”, where we encourage users young and old to “discover the digital world together…safely”!

Did you know that:

  • 26 per cent of children report having a public social networking profile.
  • Children of all ages are lacking digital skills –confidence is often not matched by skill!
  • 12 per cent of European 9-16 year olds say they have been bothered or upset by something on the Internet…
  • …however, 56 per cent of parents whose child has received nasty or hurtful messages on-line are not aware of this.
  • One in eight parents don’t seem to mediate their children’s on-line activities…
  • …while 56 per cent of parents take positive steps such as suggesting to their children how to behave towards others on-line.
  • 44 per cent of children think that parental mediation limits what they do on-line, 11 per cent say it limits their activities a lot.

Today, in more than 70 countries worldwide, the ninth annual Safer Internet Day is being celebrated as part of a global drive to promote safer Internet usage for children and young people. This year’s campaign, “Discover the digital world together…safely” is focused on connecting generations and educating each other. Tech-savvy youngsters can teach older generations how to use new technologies, while parents and grandparents draw on their life experiences to advise younger generations on how to stay safe on-line.

AJS

About Allan J. Smithie

Allan J. Smithie is a journalist and commentator based in Dubai.

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