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Safer Internet Day

"Safer Internet Day is important in making everyone think about their actions online, but this is something that people should be thinking about every day. It’s important that teenagers and adults alike remember that the things they do online can have the same consequences as those offline. We want young people to have a fun, creative and enriching experience online but also be safe in whatever they’re doing. It’s imperative that young people learn about online safety and have an awareness of their actions from an early age, as this is knowledge which will resonate throughout their life. We think a good rule of thumb for young people is that if you don’t think your mum would like what you are doing online, don’t do it.“

Yahoo! is working with its industry peers, child safety groups, and law enforcement to find new ways to protect children online.

In support of Safer Internet Day, Yahoo! offers these five online tips:

  1. Think before you post. How you represent yourself online — the way you play games, the photos and texts you share, the design of your avatar, and what you have on your profile — all add up to who you are. Invest in your online image.
  2. Be a good sport. Virtual games can be fun, but remember to treat other players with respect. If you wouldn’t do it on the field, don’t do it online either.
  3. Take action and report bullying. If you stand by and watch, laugh, or do nothing when you see bullying happen, you become part of the problem. Take the opportunity to create positive change.
  4. Spread smiles with your phone. Texting is core to staying connected with your friends. What you text is a reflection of you, so be thoughtful about what you say so you can be confident that your texts portray you the right way.
  5. Unplug and connect with your world. We live in a 24/7 digital world, but don’t forget to unplug sometimes. Get out and connect with your friends in the real world.

 How safe is your social networking or that of your kids? Click on Children’s Agreement and Parent’s Agreement to make a family pact to stay safe on the internet.

Internet Safer Day 2011

“Safer Internet Day is important in making everyone think about their actions online, but this is something that people should be thinking about every day. It’s important that teenagers and adults alike remember that the things they do online Emma Monk, Habbo’s resident safety expert

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