•Safer Internet Day starts on 7 February globally
•Enfield Council backs the principle of uniting together for a safer internet
•Tips for safe internet use can be found at staying safe online
An international campaign to make the internet a safer place for users, with a particular focus on protecting youngsters, is being backed by Enfield Council.
This year Safer Internet Day takes place on 7 February with the theme of ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.
The UK campaign, coordinated by the UK Safer Internet Centre will see hundreds of organisations unite to raise awareness of online safety issues and run events and activities across the country. Former Olympic gymnast and bronze medallist Beth Tweddle has added her support to Safer Internet Day.
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Public Health, Cllr Krystle Fonyonga, said: “Enfield Council has a deep rooted commitment to these principles and has outlined some general rules to keep users safe.” More about this can be found at staying safe online.
Enfield Council’s website advises residents on how they can keep themselves safe online by:
•keeping private information safe and never giving out details such as your full name, photos, postal or email addresses, school information, mobile or home telephone numbers or details of places you like to spend time.
•never arranging to meet people you have only met online.
•deleting any suspicious emails or attachments as they may contain something offensive or have a virus that can cause damage to your computer.
•never doing anything on a webcam you wouldn’t want your family or friends to see.
•chatting to a trusted adult if you’re worried or unhappy about anything you’ve seen online.
There are plenty of further tips and hints for users of all ages. To learn more about using computers and the internet safely, Enfield residents can book a free one-to-one Learn My Way session at any Enfield Library. For additional information on events happening in the UK and for more free resources on Safer Internet Day, please visit UK Safer Internet Centre.