10 February 2015

How do we make sure that the internet – a resource most of us depend on – is safe for users of all ages, across all walks of life?

saferinternet-day_300x225It’s an important question – arguably more so now than ever before – and is the focus of ‘Safer Internet Day’, which takes place annually (including today) and is designed to “promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.”

Personally, I think it’s about protecting everyone, especially the most vulnerable members of society, including older people who didn’t grow up in such a digitally advanced environment like the youth of today. On the other hand, that could be a bit of a double edged sword; if kids these days have easy access to technology and the curiosity to use it, they have the ability to find anything – or anyone – online.

It’s not all negative though, far from it. There are plenty of amazing opportunities to learn and develop. Just think of the wealth of information we have available at our fingertips. However, where some will use a resource for positive reasons, others will do the opposite, and we have to be aware of that.

Ultimately, if young people want to use the internet, they will. Education is paramount in making sure they don’t come to any harm. The same goes for all of us, no matter how cyber savvy we think we are. Today – and every day – what we want is a safer internet so that everybody can log on and go searching in peace.

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