On what day is Safer Internet Day celebrated? February 5.
What is Safer Internet Day? This day brings awareness to safer internet activity and shines a light on online issues such as cyberbullying and hacking. Originally started in 2004, Safer Internet Day is celebrated by 130 countries worldwide.
Here are facts you may not know about internet safety:
- More than 30,000 websites are hacked every day.
- 51% of all internet traffic is fake due to bots and spamming software.
- Children under the age of 18 are 51% more likely to have their identities stolen.
- 1 in 10 adults have claimed to be a victim of a cyber attack.
- 33.8% of children between the ages of 12 to 17 have experienced cyberbullying while 87% of teens have observed it.
Who founded this day? This day was created by the European Commission.
What is the hashtag? Use the hashtag #SaferInternetDay when sharing on social media.
How to celebrate: According to Stopbullying.gov, here is how you can prevent cyberbullying:
- If you have a child you suspect is being cyberbullied or is cyberbullying others, look for increased/decreased device use or signs of withdrawal or depression.
- If cyberbullying does happen to you or a loved one, be sure to talk about what is happening, document what is happening and where, and report any instances of it.
- Support those who have been cyberbullied by encouraging them and being positive. Also, determine if professional help is needed, such as a mental health professional or guidance counselor.
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