Celebrate Safer Internet Day

January 30th, 2013

The internet has managed to permeate every aspect of our lives and that presence can be quite awe-inspiring. But it can also be quite dangerous. With the insurgence of smart phones, the World Wide Web is in everyone’s pocket. Connecting with loved ones has never been easier with email, social media, and video calling. The internet should be free and open, but not at the expense of your safety.

When it comes to children and the internet, vigilance is the key. In several studies, there is quite the generational gap in understanding the power of the web. Most teenagers, children, and senior citizens admitted that they wanted to know more about the internet and how to be safeguarded.

Safer Internet Day is an annual holiday that promotes the safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones among children and young people. It will be held on February 5th, 2013 as a worldwide push to show people how to navigate the internet safely with these helpful tips.

Safety on the Web

The internet is an open place to share and gather all types of information. However, this spirit of open sharing can also be problematic. While some of these problems are being remedied by better operating systems, browsers, and better email software, there are some jurisdiction issues that hinder online safety. How do you combat issues like accountability and lax security, as these are human problems?

Don’t take chances with the possibility of being stalked on the internet. The online safety of your family can be achieved with a few helpful hints. With Safer internet Day, you can learn tips like choosing a gender-neutral email or screen name. You can learn how to block users that you don’t trust or don’t recognize. Safer Internet Day can also show you how to be more mindful of what you say and “advertise” online. If you don’t want people to contact you, make sure that you know what is in your “email signature,” meaning that you should be more careful about the information your email offers.

If you’re looking for more information on keeping your children safe, this is the holiday you really need. Safer Internet Day teaches kids to keep their passwords hidden rather than in a simple file hackers can get into. The holiday also shows children how to use their social networking safely.

Follow these helpful tips to stay safe online. When February rolls around, please remember your online safety. Make certain that while you look for kittens who can dance or the atomic weight of Zinc, you take the time to make sure your family is safe.

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