Safe Internet Day
Safer Internet Day 2015
The Safer Internet Day (SID) is a global initiative which seeks to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people. Observed around the world every year on the second day of the second week of the second month, the Safer Internet Day started in 2004 in Europe. At the 10th anniversary of SID in 2013, Singapore participated in the Safer Internet Day for the first time, spearheaded by the Media Literacy Council.
Let's create a Better Internet Together
Safer Internet Day 2015 will take place on 11th February. In line with the global theme of “Let’s create a better internet together”, the Media Literacy Council will launch a campaign to encourage all to pledge what we can do to make a better internet. For a start, every one of us has the power to make the internet a better place just by adopting 4 simple values: Responsibility, Empathy, Integrity and Respect
Look out for the video which will be played on the school's TV messaging system on 11th Feb. Take the pledge and star yourself in the video! In the meantime, tell us what a better internet means to you or how you can make it better.
Simply post on our Media Literacy Council Facebook wall or tweet about it with the hashtag #sid2015sg!
Useful Resources For Parents
Parents play an important role in shaping how children use the internet, and in contributing to a better, safer internet.
Parents can help to guide your son's internet and digital device usage by:
- Keep the computer in a common area so that you can monitor your child's Internet activity. This applies to their laptops, tablets and mobile devices.
- Avoid giving primary school children personal mobile devices with Internet access.
- Use safe search setting for children or use parental controls to prevent exposure to inappropriate content.
- Start with limited access to the Internet (the younger they are, the less access), then give them rules to follow to earn your trust.
- Explain to your child the rationale and reason for the rules and instructions you have set in place.
- Be an approachable and "askable" parent, make use of teachable moments when your child confides in you.
Adopted from "Clique Click - Bringing up children in the digital age" by Media Literacy Council.
Parents can also help your son to participate in the iZ Hero Challenge from home. Read on to find out more.
iZ Hero Challenge
The Media Literacy Council, together with Dr. Park Yuhyun of the Nanyang Technological University, is empowering young children to be HEROES in combating cyber bullying through an interactive game. Titled "iZ HERO Project" ("iZ" stands for infollution ZERO to underlie the importance of Zero Tolerance for cyber bullying and other bad online behaviour), this programme hopes to inculcate in children the discipline to use digital media responsibly, to be guided by a sound value system, and to have the courage in speaking out against cyber bullying.
Boys interested in becoming the iZ Hero are welcomed to visit the iZ Hero Challenge booth outside General Office on 11 Feb (Tue) to 14 Feb (Fri) during recess to play the interactive game.
Parents can also help your son to participate in the iZ Hero Challenge from home. To do that, please download the iZ Family Package here:
Mr Chia Tien-Hao ( HOD / ICT )