E-Safety & Safer Internet Day.
The Internet gave us access to everything; but it also gave everything access to us. - James Veitch
This year Safer Internet Day 2022 is the 8th February with the theme ‘All fun and games’ This year focuses on exploring respect and relationships online.
Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people, and to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively.
How can you make sure that you are respectful and a responsible user of the Internet? Know what the key risks are and how to conduct yourself responsibly online. E-safety risks are classified into three key areas known as the 3 Cs these being:
- Being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material.
- Personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of extremism or causes harm.
- Being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users.
The Internet is an amazing place
In our real lives, it provides us with entertainment, allows us to communicate and helps us learn new things. Ask yourselves what your online activities mostly consist of. And how do you conduct yourselves whilst engaging in these online activities?
Although the use of technology is helping us learn at the same time we are sadly faced with greater threats and harm online.
Increased use of technologies and time spent online increases the risks to
- Damaged online reputation Digital Footprint
- Online abuse
- Sexual exploitation
- Compromising online privacy & personal information
Thus with the help of some Online -safety guidelines you can be a more sensible and aware user online.
The Increased Rise of Cyberbullying / Trolling
Cyberbullying can range from embarrassing or cruel online posts or digital pictures, to online threats, harassment, and negative comments, to stalking through emails, websites, social media platforms and text messages.
Every age group is vulnerable to cyberbullying, but teenagers and young adults are common victims. Cyberbullying is a growing problem in schools and has become an issue because the internet is fairly anonymous, which is appealing to bullies because their intimidation is difficult to trace. Unfortunately, rumours, threats and photos can be disseminated online very quickly.
The impact of Cyberbullying / trolling
Increase stress and feelings of isolation. The effects of which can include, depression, anger, isolation, humiliation and illness. Trolling / bullying on social media is found to lead to teenage depression
Consequences for you
People's online behaviour can be very different from when not online.
But you need to know that your online behaviour could damage YOUR reputation;
- YOU could be committing a criminal offence;
- YOU could be permanently excluded from school;
- Ruin the trust you have with others;
- YOU could damage YOUR future before it has even began!
If you are found to have broken GDPR rules, the following applies:
- You can be fined;
- You can be sentenced to imprisonment;
- You can be asked to pay compensation to the ‘victim’;
- You can be banned from owning certain electronic devices.
What to do:
If you are aware of potentially harmful or nasty content being posted or inappropriate online conduct or dangerous contacts, you should report it.