Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Safer Internet Day

Today is Safer Internet Day and the theme for this year is 'let's create a better internet day together'.

Here in the LRC we have put together a display containing lots of useful e-safety tips and information.  There are leaflets to take away about 'keeping smart on your mobile' and 'keeping smart online' along with a helpsheet about 'sexting' and what to do if you have shared intimate images of yourself with others.

So, are you helping to create a better internet??  You can take the Safer Internet Day quiz here and find out.

In line with this year's Safer Internet Day theme, we encourage you to think about the information you post online - ask yourself, does it give a good reflection of the type of person you are?  Also think about who you are sharing information with - do you really know all the people you are 'friends' with online and are your privacy settings set to private - or are you sharing all your posts and photos publicly to everyone.

Safer Internet Day also creates a good opportunity for you to think about any younger family members in your home.  More and more children are accessing social networking sites these days with little thought about the risks.  This is the perfect time to help them to be safe online too.  Find out what social networking sites they are using and how, advise them on how to set up their privacy settings correctly and help them to understand responsible internet use.

And finally, please remember here at TRC we are here to help you.  If you need advice or tips on creating the best possible image of yourself online, call into the LRC and speak to the E-Safety Officer.  If you are feeling threatened, bullied or at risk online, please don't suffer in silence, speak to any member of staff in College who can give you the assistance you need.

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