ComputerXplorers are carrying out their awareness campaign as part of Safer Internet Day, which took place on 10 February to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology amongst children and young people across the world.
Diane Taylor of ComputerXplorers is running ‘Be SMART, Be Safe’ sessions in local schools: “It’s really important for children to learn the potential dangers of the internet and how to protect themselves. All children are aware of stranger danger but there are 7 billion strangers on the internet at any one time. We don’t want to discourage children from using the internet we just want to make sure that they are SMART and safe.”
ComputerXplorers SMART tips for safe surfing, a simple yet memorable way to stay safe while online:
• Safe - always keep your name, address and mobile telephone number and password private
• Meeting – up with a web pal can be dangerous. If you must go, make sure you take an adult with you
• Accepting – emails or opening files from people you don’t know can get you in trouble, they may contain viruses or nasty messages
• Reliable? – always remember someone online may not be who they say they are
• Tell – your parent or carer if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried