Minister marks Safer Internet Day

Minister marks Safer Internet Day

Hundreds of organisations are taking part in the event, coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, to help promote safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

Voirrey Barron, from Manx Telecom, said: 'We take our responsibilities as an internet provider very seriously, and supporting campaigns such as Safer Internet Day is an important part of our ongoing strategy to help make the internet a safer place'.

Past year figures showed convictions for crimes under a law to prosecute internet "trolls" have increased eight-fold in a decade.

To mark Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, February 9, ConnectSafely.org will host the official USA event, "Safer Internet Day 2016: Play your part for a better Internet" at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Last year, over 500 schools in the United Kingdom got involved in Safer Internet Day, and education packs offering helpful information were downloaded over a quarter of a million times.

Police will be using social media to share videos and give tips on how children and young people can stay safe online, whether they are accessing the internet on a computer, smartphone or other mobile device.

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These include cyberbullying, inappropriate content, online grooming and communicating with strangers who may be searching for young victims.

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"We would always advise that it a young person becomes uncomfortable or suspicious of someone else's behaviour online then they should report it".

With smartphones, webcams, laptops and gaming consoles a part of most children's lives, it's never been easier for someone to contact them - friends as well as potential foes.

"Making sure that you have up to date internet security software installed on your devices will protect against a number of the attacks used by criminals".

"The volume and range of support we've seen for this year's Safer Internet Day is truly inspiring", said Will Gardner, a Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre and CEO of Childnet.