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Safer Internet Day 2018

Published: 02/02/2018

Flintshire County Council is once again supporting Safer Internet Day (SID) on 6 February to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology, especially among children and young people. Celebrated on the second day of the second week of the second month, each year, thousands of people unite to raise awareness of online safety issues and participate in events and activities across the globe. This year’s theme is ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect: a better internet starts with you.’ Last year the campaign reached 3 million children and 2 million parents across the UK and Flintshire schools will be doing their bit to support and raise awareness. Flintshire County Council Champions of Corporate Safeguarding, Councillors Christine Jones and Billy Mullin, said: “With the internet and social media playing such a big part in our daily lives, it’s important to remember that there are still people who will look for any opportunity to compromise your online safety. Safer Internet Day helps raise awareness of the risks associated with the online world. It’s important to protect ourselves and our children and young people against the potential dangers and not become victims of cybercrime.” Recommendations on how to stay safer online include: - Use strong, memorable passwords - Install anti-virus software on new devices - Check privacy settings on social media - Shop safely online - always check online retail sites are secure - Download software and application patches when prompted - Never meet an online friend in person - Do not give out personal information - If youre being bullied online - tell someone before it escalates - Do not upload or share provocative photos - once online it is out of your hands Find out more about Safer Internet Day 2018 and get involved! #SID2018