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Safer Internet Day

Posted on 03/07/2016

Safer Internet Day (SID) is organized by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world.

This year's celebration took place on Tuesday, 9 February 2016 with a theme of 'Play your part for a better internet!’ The website External link opens in new window or tab showcases the many events and activities which took place across the globe to mark the day... find out what happened in your part of the world, and find contacts and resources to help you to play your part for a better internet not just on SID, but all year through.

In honor of the day Jacqueline Beauchere External link opens in new window or tab , Microsoft’s Chief Online Safety Officer, writes about safe online habits and practices and offers some general tips to make sure you’re keeping digitally up to date:

  • Defend your computer, tablet and phone. Strengthen your device’s defenses. Keep all software current with automatic updating. Don’t be tricked into downloading malicious software, and think before you open attachments or click links in email, IM or on a social network – even if you know the sender.
  • Protect personal information. Never give sensitive info (e.g., account numbers or passwords) or call a number in response to an email, IM or social network request. Think before you respond to pleas for money from “family members,” deals that sound too good to be true or other scams.
  • Create strong passwords and keep them secret. Make them long and strong, like phrases or sentences that mix letters, numbers and symbols. Use different passwords for different accounts and websites, especially those that involve financial information.
  • Take charge of your online reputation. Discover what’s on the Internet about you by entering your name into Bing and other search engines. Periodically reevaluate what you find, and strive to cultivate an accurate, positive reputation.
  • Take extra steps to keep kids safe online. Make online safety a family effort with a mix of guidance and monitoring. Negotiate house rules for Web and online game use that fit your child’s maturity level and your family’s values. Pay attention to what kids do and who they meet online.

Next year’s date is set for Tuesday, February 7 2017.

Safer Internet Day February 7, 2017

Source: Safer Internet Day Web site External link opens in new window or tab (accessed February 26, 2016).

Source:Microsoft Blogs: Safer Internet Day 2016: The perfect time to take stock of our online habits and practices External link opens in new window or tab (accessed February 26, 2016).