Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Today is 'Safer Internet Day'

SID 2012 logo
The world wide web has given us all unprecedented access to all sorts of information and has made it possible for us to connect with people all over the world. Within my lifetime we have gone from crackly international phone calls to my family in Australia to being able to Facebook and Skype with my Nan who is in her 80's! It really is incredible just how much smaller the world is now thanks to the web. There is of course a downside to this subject and that is the challenge of staying safe online and protecting both ourselves and our family members when using the web.

Today is Safer Internet Day, an international campaign aimed at keeping us all safer when we are online. While it would be nice to think that everyone out there in cyber space only has good intentions, anyone who has ever inadvertently downloaded a virus, received a nasty email or had their account hacked will know only too well that this just isn't the case. Our young people can be particularly vulnerable online, not only can they experience all the above but also the relatively new phenomenon of cyber bullying. A day like this is a great way to raise awareness of our safety online and talk about how we use our computers.  I hope you have a very happy and safe Safer Internet Day :)

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