Monday, January 29, 2018
Lancashire County Council will support the fourth international Safer Internet Day (SID) on Tuesday 6 February.
The aim of this day is to promote the safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially for children and young people.
The global theme for this year's event is 'Create, Connect and Share Respect', and focuses on the part we all play in helping to create a safer internet.
County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "Safer Internet Day gives us a valuable opportunity to remind everyone about how to keep children and young people safe online. This includes parents, carers and those who work with children and young people.
"This day also lets us raise awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE), and offers advice on identifying when exploitation may be taking place and how to report it.
"Although young people today are digitally savvy, they also need to be reminded about how to protect their privacy and their personal information online, and just how important this is.
"I'm sure we all appreciate just how quickly technology changes and we need to do all we can to help to keep young people safe."
Supporters in Lancashire will be encouraged to learn more about how to stay safe and create good relationships online. Online quizzes will be available on all the public computers in libraries.
People will also be encouraged to take part in an online 'Learn My Way' course about online safety. The course includes information about scams, keeping your information secure online and staying safe when using the internet.
The ways that are available to report possible child exploitation will also be highlighted.
Safer Internet Day is run by the UK Safer Internet Centre, a partnership involving the South West Grid for Learning, Childnet International and the Internet Watch Foundation.
More information about the event is available at www.saferinternet.org.uk
You can go online in Lancashire's libraries to complete the online quiz, or to find out more about the day.
Anyone who lives in the UK can join a Lancashire library, either online or by visiting in person. It's free and there are no age restrictions.
You can find locations and opening times for Lancashire libraries at www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries
Alternatively call 0300 123 6703.
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