As many people choose to check and organise their finances online, it’s important to be aware of the risks that doing so can present.
It’s also vital to know how to protect yourself.
Safer Internet Day is an opportunity to learn how to do just that.
What is Safer Internet Day?
Taking place today (Tuesday 7th February), Safer Internet Day sees schools and organisations come together to raise awareness about online safety. Last year, this campaign was able to engage with 2.8 million children and 2.5 million parents to help them stay safe online.
Be the change: Unite for a better internet
This year’s theme aims to spark a unity with internet users to ensure a better, safer internet for all.
Safer Internet Day is the brainchild of three organisations – SWGfL, Childnet International and Internet Watch Foundation – with one united mission. That is, to promote the safe and responsible use of technology to young people.
Together, the three organisations were appointed by the European Commission in January 2011 as the Safer Internet Centre for the UK, with three main functions:
Awareness – providing advice and support to children and young people
Helpline – supporting professionals working with children to educate them about online safety issues
Hotline – delivering an anonymous and safe place to report criminal online content.
A key worry you may have about online safety is knowing whether your money is safe when you make a purchase or use online banking. You may be worried about credit card fraud or phishing, but you can reduce these risks by taking a few basic precautions: