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Safer Internet Safety Day - Tuesday 7th February 2017

February 05, 2017 at 6:44 PM

With a theme of 'Be the change: Unite for a better internet', Prison! Me! No Way!!! Jersey and the States of Jersey Police continue to work in partnership to make the internet a safer and better place for all in Jersey, and especially children and young people.

From cyberbullying to social networking, Safer Internet Day promotes the safe and positive use of digital technology, particularly amongst children and young people. The campaign aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and topics reflecting current concerns, and everyone has a role to play.  

This high profile campaign is about informing children and young people. parents and carers, educators and social care workers, but also empowering them. Helping them to get the most out of what the internet offers, do it safely and develop digital skills and confidence – because creating a better internet depends on everyone.

Prison! Me! No Way!!! Jersey in partnership with the States of Jersey Police will be delivering age appropriate and tailored lessons in line with PSHE to every secondary school, in order to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones amongst young children and young people

In addition, the Jersey E-Safety Committee will also be promoting Safer Internet Safety Day through a variety of events that are taking place across the Island.  Full details will be available on gov.je

 

Lesley Harrison, Chairman Prison! Me! No Way!!! Jersey commented“Today’s children are growing up online, and make little distinction between life online and off. Their use of online games,    apps and services play a crucial role in the development of their identities, friendships, relationships, passions and aspirations.  It is essential that we respond by offering them high quality online safety education that will enable them to make positive choices that will help keep them safe, and also enable them to recognise the consequences and relevant laws” 

Chief Inspector Chris Beechey, States of Jersey Police said: “We should all ask ourselves if we are doing everything we can to protect ourselves from online criminals. Unfortunately, people still click on links in unsolicited emails and fail to update their security software. Just as you wouldn’t leave your door unlocked, you shouldn’t leave yourself protected online. Please remember that www.getsafeonline.org is our recommended site for general advice and guidance”

Mel Pardoe, Head of Governance, States of Jersey Education Department said: “The internet is an everyday reality and keeping safe online is a priority from an early age. The key to online safety is awareness and education so that young people can take advantage of new technologies without putting themselves at risk. The Education Department and Schools will be promoting the day with themed assemblies, parent evenings and sharing of helpful resources via social media. Parents are encouraged to visit https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers for more guidance.”

 Background: In championing a better internet, the theme aims to encourage people to be the change and make the most of the positive opportunities offered online, while giving them the resilience, skills, knowledge and support they need to navigate any online risks they may come across. 

There are ways in which we can all be the change:

  • Children and young people can help to create a better internet by being kind and respectful to others online, by protecting their online reputations (and those of others), and by seeking out positive opportunities to create, engage and share online. They can help to respond to the negative by being ‘helpful bystanders’: supporting peers if they encounter issues online, taking a stand against cyberbullying, and reporting any inappropriate or illegal content they find. Above all, children and young people should be encouraged to take their stand as digital citizens of the future – participating in debates on the future of the internet, and making their voices heard. 

  • Parents and carers can help to create a better internet by maintaining an open and honest dialogue with their children about their online lives, by supporting them with their personal development online and helping them to deal with any concerns or issues, seeking out positive opportunities to engage with their children online, and helping their children to find and use good quality digital resources. They can help to respond to the negative by staying engaged with their child’s online activity (as appropriate to their age), by modelling positive online behaviours themselves, and by also reporting any inappropriate or illegal content they find. 

  • Educators and social care workers can help to create a better internet by equipping children and young people with the digital literacy skills they require for today’s world, and giving them opportunities to use – and create – positive content online. They can help to respond to the negative by supporting young people if they encounter problems online, and by giving them the resilience, confidence and skills that young people need to navigate the internet safely. 

  • Industry can help to create a better internet by creating and promoting positive content and safe services online and by empowering users to respond to any issues by providing clear safety advice, a range of easy-to-use safety tools, and quick access to support if things do go wrong.

  • Decision makers and politicians provide the culture in which all of the above can function and thrive – for example, the States of Jersey Education Department ensure that there are opportunities in the curriculum for children to learn about online safety, and that parents and carers have access to appropriate information and sources of support.  Government ensures that industry are encouraged to self regulate their content and services. They also take the lead in governance and legislation, and ultimately ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people through effective child protection strategies for the online world.

For more information on Safer Internet Safety Day and Internet Safety in General:

www.saferinternetsafety.org 

www.jersey.police.uk

www.getsafeonline.org