Whenever my kids are surfing Internet or playing games, me as a parent can’t help but be curious and at the same time worry! I mean exactly what are they surfing, which sites they are visiting, are they communicating with “online strangers” and so on. Another issue is – I can’t say that I 100% know how to safeguard my kids online and to ensure they get all the “goodness” of Internet sans any ill-effects.

Lot is happening to provide Safer, Better Internet to kids and to all of us. We all must know about these initiatives and contribute to it too. Yesterday i.e. 6th February 2018 was marked and celebrated as “Safer internet Day“. The day was a call to action for every stakeholder to play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, in particular the youngest users out there. The Safer Internet Day (SID) is a public awareness initiative started in 2004 by the Insafe Network, a network of Awareness Centres funded under the Safer Internet Programme of the European Commission. The SID takes place on the second Tuesday of February every year and seeks to promote safe and positive use of digital technology, especially amongst children and young people. Safer Internet Day 2018’s theme is, “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you“.

(For media use) Panel - 002In Singapore too, efforts are stepped up to make sure we all get Better, Safer Internet with the launch of Better Internet Campaign (BIC). This year’s Better Internet Campaign (BIC) launched a 20-page parents guidebook which is jointly produced by international think tank Digital Quotient (DQ) Institute and the Media Literacy Council (MLC). The resource will be translated into the official languages of Singapore with Twitter’s support.

This sounds very reassuring for me and am sure all parents too will hail this initiative. Read on to find more about this campaign and how it will help parents and kids. By the way, Media Literacy Council has spearheaded this campaign since Singapore’s participation in the global initiative in 2013 just in case many of us didn’t know.

The campaign aims at educating parents by doling out some very useful tips and tricks to facilitate safer Internet for young users. Take a look at the infographics below:

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Another stark reality is the Cyber Bullying. We often read examples of how cyber bullying can affect vulnerable young minds adversely and irreversibly. Now a days, we can’t even totally keep kids gadget-free since gadgets if used wisely have numerous benefits.

Educating our kids if they suffer Cyber Bullying when online or from fellow students?

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Next Steps and More info:

You all must visit www.betterinternet.sg where there are resources to find information about the campaign, register for free workshops (next one is 1 March – DQ Workshop), find out which community project they can participate in, get tips and obtain free soft copies of the Parents Guidebook (available from 1 March 2018).

Please visit for more info and updates:

MLC’s Facebook page
MLC’s Twitter page
or Instagram page

#BetterInternetSG

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