Get Safe Online Week

Posted on 22 October 2012

22nd - 26th October is Get Safe Online week.  Get Safe Online Week is organized by Get Safe Online a partnership between the Government, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), Ofcom and private sector sponsors, aiming to educate, inform and raise awareness of internet security issues to encourage confident, safe use of the internet.

The theme for Get Safe Online Week 2012 is ‘Click & Tell’– where users are encouraged to check out the advice on the GSOL website, pick up some online safety tips and pass them on to friends, family and colleagues.

Tony Neate, CEO of Get Safe Online said:  “The internet is a brilliant place that allows us to do great things, so people shouldn’t feel like they can’t enjoy all of its benefits. Staying safe can be really simple and, when I look at the top five online threats, I’m encouraged that it only takes a few small changes in behaviour to make the internet a safe place."

From the 22nd – 26th October, Get Safe Online is also visiting cities across the UK to spread the word about staying secure online. You can visit the 'Click & Tell' campaign website at http://clickandtell.getsafeonline.org to read a range of top tips and to see where the 'Click & Tell' roadshow is visiting.

‘Click & Tell’ resonates with the important message that Childnet shares with children and young people across the UK on a daily basis as part of our work to make the internet a great and safe place for Children and young people, with ‘Tell’ forming an important part of the SMART rules.

For parents, carers and teachers who are interested in considering the important ‘Tell’ message in the classroom or at home, Childnet have a range of resources to help discuss this important message.

For children aged between 3 and 7, you can read the ‘Adventures of Smartie the Penguin, or watch the story being read, and see how Smartie learns to think before he clicks and to tell someone if he sees something online he is not sure about. 

For children aged between 8 and 11, Captain Kara and Winston’s SMART Adventure has a chapter called ‘Tell’ encouraging children and young people to think about who they would tell if something they saw online upset or worried them.

Childnet’s secondary toolkit has a range of tools covering issues affecting secondary school aged pupils, and the Secondary z-cards, encourage young people to ‘keep in control’ by knowing who to tell and where to report.

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