Supporting Safer Internet Day 7th Feb 2017

North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board is actively supporting Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, 7 February.

Across the UK, Safer Internet Day sees hundreds of schools and organisations join together to raise awareness of online safety issues and run events and activities. The theme this year is “Be the change: unite for a better internet.”

North Yorkshire County Council’s most recent Growing up in North Yorkshire Survey, which the authority carries out with schools every two years, showed that 97 per cent of children aged five to seven have a computer, tablet or mobile device at home. This can create fabulous opportunities but also carries with it risks.

County Councillor Janet Sanderson, Executive Member for Children and Young People’s Service, said: “The majority of children of this age have access to mobile devices, so parents and professionals need to be equipped with the knowledge to help and support our children and young people to keep safe online.

“Safer Internet Day is an ideal opportunity to encourage parents and carers to speak about online safety with their children, to make sure they know what their children are doing online. Most importantly, it’s a chance to say to young people that if they have a concern about anything online they should speak to someone to report it.”

North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board has really useful advice, including a parents’ and carers’ guide to keeping your child safe online, and links to relevant organisations on its website, www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/parents-carers/e-safety-for-parents

More information about Safer Internet Day can be found at www.saferinternetday.org.uk and under the Twitter hashtag #SID2017.

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