Today is Safer Internet Day - a day organised to promote safer use of online technology, especially among young people.
We have written previously about best practices for keeping children safe online, which includes advice on the use of content filters and parental content controls. Besides protecting children from inappropriate online content, Safer Internet Day is also being used to educate young people on the issues of cyber bullying. A survey commissioned by the UK Safer Internet Centre revealed that "13% of 11-16 year-olds feel that people post negative, mean, critical or upsetting things all or most of the time on these services".
When it comes to online behaviour, much of the advice circulating today involves teaching parents about the risks, informing young people about appropriate online behaviours and raising public awareness. With over a quarter of British 11-16 year-olds using six or more social networks, the awareness that Safer Internet Day raises is as important as ever. You can read more on this here.
Free Storage on Safer Internet Day
To mark #SID2015, Microsoft have offered an extra 2GB of Google Drive storage to anyone who completes a security checkup by February 17th. It's a worthwhile exercise to take, even without the offer of free storage.
Everyone's Getting Involved
There has been a flurry of activity on Twitter with various companies, figureheads and celebrities showing their support for keeping young people safe online. Below is a small selection; add yours with the hashtag #SID2015.