Did you know that today is Safer Internet Day? Until today, I was unaware that there was an official day to promote safer internet practices. I also learned that there’s an entire organization dedicated to it. Safer Internet Day (SID) is organized by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world. Check out the following safety tips from Yahoo.
- Think before you share a thought or photo. Imagine your grandmother, employer, or teacher receiving it. Is what you’re sending suitable for anyone to see?
- Protect your personal information. When you send email, texts, photos, or instant messages to people who are not trusted friends or family, don’t give out personal information they could use either to find your physical location or to exploit you.
- Control negativity. Think carefully about whom to communicate with and whom to ignore. Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger let you block people. If you receive abusive or harassing messages online, report the abuse where and when you see it.
- Use Safe Search. Yahoo!’s default Safe Search filter helps keep inappropriate content out of your search results. No filter can guarantee 100 percent removal of inappropriate content, but a filter like Safe Search will make a big difference in keeping unwanted content out of your search results.
- Download applications only from trusted sources. When downloading software from third parties, be sure it’s only from developers you trust. Read their terms of service and privacy policies to really understand what permissions you’re giving them when you download their apps.
- Never text while driving. You put your life and the lives of others in danger when you try to read, type, and drive at the same time. Texting and driving is illegal in some countries.
Yahoo is focused on making the world’s daily habits more inspiring and entertaining. By creating highly personalized experiences for our users, we keep people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the world. In turn, we create value for advertisers by connecting them with the audiences that build their businesses. Yahoo is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has offices located throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific (APAC) and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions. For more information, visit the pressroom (pressroom.yahoo.net) or the company’s blog (yahoomaktoob.tumblr.com).