Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology and inspire conversation around safe internet habits. Co-ordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the day sees hundreds of organisations get involved and join a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully and creatively.
This year, Safer Internet Day is on Tuesday 5 February. We are supporting the event by encouraging our students and staff to think about their activities online. On the day, the Information Security team will be in one of the pods in the Fusion Building on Talbot Campus from 12pm – 2pm to tell you more about how you can make sure you’re safe online. You can also speak to an expert at Refreshers Fair in the Student Centre from 10am – 3pm.
You can find out more about safety and responsibility online in the five pieces of advice below that we’re sharing ahead of Safer Internet Day 2019 and take a look at our infographic for more details.
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Understand how your data is being stored and used by the apps on your device. Always check the terms and conditions before signing up to a new app.
Ask for consent
Always ask others before sharing something about them online – and respect their choice.
Talk about it
If you’re not sure what to do or how to respond to something that happens online, talk to someone about it.
Be in control
Make sure you’re happy with the information people can see about you online. That includes thinking about what you post and checking the privacy settings of your accounts - change the settings if you want more privacy.
If you see someone having a hard time online, offer them any support you can and report posts that are upsetting or offensive.