Today is Safer Internet Day with The UK Safer Internet Centre. This year they’re focusing on exploring reliability in the online world. Building an internet, we trust, and separating fact from fiction, isn’t always easy with the amazing range and volume of information available online. 

With these five tips from UK Safer Internet Centre, you can start to be more confident in the reliability of information found online:

  1. Think before you share – Don’t over-share personal details, like your home address, or your telephone number that might allow a stranger to find or contact you offline.
  2. Question the source of the information – it’s best if you can confirm this information using other trustworthy sites.
  3. Is what you’re reading a fact or an opinion? Maybe there’s another side to the story that you aren’t getting.
  4. Be careful of phishing and other online scams. Don’t click on unfamiliar links or emails that may try to trick you into giving away personal information. Instead, visit the website or app directly, or make a phone call to the organisation itself.
  5. Regularly check in with your child about their online life and how what they see makes them feel.

We hope you, or someone close to you, can find these tips useful. It’s more important than ever that we make sure the internet is a place we can all be safe using. One of the steps towards a building an internet we trust is coming together for a better internet and stopping the spread of misinformation.
For more information, visit: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2021