safer-internet-calendar-2015-smallAround the world today, organizations are honoring Safer Internet Day to raise awareness for the many different aspects of things that occur online. While it has mostly been a European thing, the cause has started to come into the US with a live webcast seminar happening at 4:15CST at SaferInternetDay.us.

It is important to educate today’s youth is safe internet etiquette and practices. With the wide variety of social media available to kids today, it is easy to get caught up in cyberbullying on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. For the basics, it is important that kids know not to share personal information online. Things like their address, phone number, date of birth, social security number, etc. all needs to remain private to help protect their identity.

As a parent, it is important that you teach your children safe internet practices and not just assume they know the rules. There are filters you can install on your computers that monitor their activities but also blocks websites that you don’t want them to visit.

With social networks, think twice before you post a status update or a picture. While you think it is private, all it takes is one friend to save that status or picture and share it with the rest of the world. Even pictures you send in apps like Snapchat can be saved and shared. All it takes is one negative status update or picture to ruin your reputation.

If you ever find yourself the target of a cyberbully, just cut them off. If you only know them online and haven’t shared any personal information, then most apps and social networks will let you block that person and even report them.

Let’s create a better internet together!