What does a safe Internet Space Mean for Young People?

Safer Internet Day #SID is a global event recognized in over 140 countries in the world. The primary focus of this policy is making the internet a safer place for children and teenagers. Parents, teachers, social workers, educators and the public are responsible for making the internet a better place where everyone can use technology for the greater good of the society.

A safer internet space means that we get what matters to us most as young people- opportunities and information relevant to our career and interest, information free from harm & prejudice. It means we are safe on the internet as we are outside it. A safe internet space is free from

Online Harassment:

With Social Media, bullying is faceless, making it even harder to track perpetrators. Two things make cyber bullying a tumultuous cyclops, first, perpetrators are difficult to identify and secondly its reach spread far and wide. According to Wikipedia, cyberbully is an aggressive, intentional act that is carried out by a group or an individual using electronic forms of contact.

Information without body interpretation and physical contact can be easily misinterpreted, this might stir up strife or even hate.  Young people must be careful about how they respond to people online and how they protect themselves from negative comments on Social media.

Cyberbullying can take the form of Harassment & stalking, impersonation, trolling, roasting. To know more visit

Privacy Infringement:

What happens on the internet tends to stay on the internet, and not necessarily in a good way. We all have a right to choose what part of our lives and what extent we want to relate to the public.

Privacy Infringement takes on two forms on the internet

Individuals using unauthorized private information: personal settings should be kept private, including usernames and passwords. Certain people can have access to that data and use it against an individual.   Here are five ways to protect your personal information online by

Companies harvesting personal data from third parties: The web is an open environment where anyone can access information, information that should originally be confidential between two parties.  Regardless of promises made between customer-business, business-business or citizen-business interactions, personal information submitted to a site might be disclosed to a third party.

Social Media Overuse:

An average person spends 2 hours daily on the internet. This is a lot of time to be invested in online. That is why it is important we figure out how to optimize the time we spend on the internet, while finding positive ways to engage ourselves.  Young people want to constantly be in the know of trends and events happening. Social media and the internet have a way of creating the illusion of always being present.

Fake news and Spam Messages:

Spams are everywhere, in our mails, on apps, as pop up adverts on websites. How do we know something is real or not? The internet is made up of people, both good and bad, who might choose to use it for unlawful purposes. It is important we learn how to detect information that is credible and separate them from those that are likely to swindle us or make use of our passwords to access our financial accounts.

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