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Get involved in Safer Internet Day 2016 and play your part in the responsible use of digital technology!!

Today is safer internet day which was set up and coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre. The day sees thousands of people and organisations getting involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

By on February 09, 2016 at 16:00 PM
Get involved in Safer Internet Day 2016 and play your part in the responsible use of digital technology!!

With the number of children getting online increasing every year this has become an important issue to address.  In a study carried out by the UK Safer Internet Centre it was found that 82% of young people have witnessed online hate, in the form of mean or threatening behaviour, targeted at someone's race, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation. Even more troublingly, 24% of young people asked had been the target of online hate.

The study also found that over 2 in 3 of young people know how to report online hate to social networks, however only 1 in 5 put this in to practice.

If you're worried about your children being safe on the internet, we have a few tips for you:

  1. Speak to your children about staying safe online so they have a better idea of what to do and what not to do  
  2. Make use of the safety tools on social networks and other online services that are provided
  3. Understand the devices your children are using and the parental control tools they offer
  4. Decide if you want to use parental controls on your home internet

All of the UK's big broadband providers offer parental control software. BT, TalkTalk, Sky and Virgin Media all offer this service for free in their internet security solution that is included in their broadband package. If you are having trouble deciding what is the best package for you then give us a call on 0800 542 4704 or check out our deals online.

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