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Safer Internet Day 2016 - 9th Feb

Safer Internet Day is designed to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones. While the internet and the technology used to access it is rapidly evolving, providing exciting new experiences and methods of communicating, it is important that children and professionals alike do not forget the risks that are associated with it. As a result of cultural developments like sexting being a relatively recent practice, ethics are still being established by both those who engage in it and those who create legislation based on this concept. Nevertheless, the law currently views any sexual pictures of anyone under the age of 18 years as illegal due to the inherent risks to children being exploited and their pictures being distributed. Safer Internet Day is therefore a wonderful opportunity to provide children and professionals with the knowledge and awareness of how to utilize the technology available to them in an informed way to keep themselves and each other from exploitation and harm.