Safer Internet Day 2017

Each year, Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of keeping children safe online. Safer Internet day 2017 is 7 February and, as part of our collaboration with NSPCC, O2 are proud supporters. In this post, Neil Johnson from the O2 & NSPCC Helpline writes about an important aspect of online safety.

Sharing images online
Nearly two fifths of calls to the O2 & NSPCC Helpline are parents asking for advice about this topic

To begin with, I think it’s important for us to realise the value that image sharing can bring to children’s lives. At a recent event, I spoke with a parent who talked about how using a picture messaging app with his son had really opened up a new line of communication between them. Previously, he’d struggled to get his son to talk about his feelings, but using the app helped them to communicate more openly.At the O2 & NSPCC Helpline, we speak with people about all aspects of digital safety, but one of the most popular topics is sharing images online. We live in a world where it’s never been easier to share a funny picture of a cat, a selfie, or even your lunch. With 80 million images shared on Instagram every day, it’s a trend that’s unlikely to change any time soon. Although it may seem obvious to us what’s inappropriate to share online, it’s not always as simple for children who are still learning and exploring the digital world.

But, children can also face a number of risks by sharing images online, such as bullying, , over sharing, inappropriate contact and even an effect on future employability. With the ever-increasing number of ways to share images, it’s often difficult for parents to know where to start when it comes to safeguarding their children online.

As well as offering advice to children, our partnership with the NSPCC enables us to guide parents on all aspects of online safety. From technical advice on the apps kids use, through to more complex issues like the signs to look for and how to manage certain situations and conversations, you can get advice 7 days a week by calling 0800 800 5002, or visiting an O2 Guru in store.

Want more information about online safety for children?

  • Take a look at our dedicated O2 NSPCC website
  • You can also check out the Share Aware site
  • Click HERE to read more about Safer Internet Day
  • Net Aware gives you the lowdown on the sites, games, apps and social networks that kids use.
  • Innocent searches don’t always yield innocent results. Click HERE to read about parental controls
  • Join the conversation online using the hashtag #SID2017.