Essex County Council (ECC) will today be part of a global effort to raise awareness of the risks the internet can pose to children and young people.
Safer Internet Day, which will be promoted in more than 100 countries, is centred on educating and protecting vulnerable people from the dangers presented by cyberspace.
ECC will be tweeting advice (via @Essex_CC) for both parents and their children on how to protect personal info, avoid cybercrime and ensure online experiences are positive.
Thousands of young people across Essex use the web to socialise, watch films and TV and even play games with people from around the world.
All of those activities present risks, including cyberbullying, inappropriate content and even financial hazards (through the purchase of pay-to-play or add-ons).
Cllr Stephen Canning, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Digital Innovation, said: “The internet is a fantastic tool which can benefit all of us in our everyday lives, but the safety issues it can also present should not be underestimated.
“Schools across Essex do great work to help children and their families understand the potential dangers of the World Wide Web, but initiatives like Safer Internet Day are really important in making internet browsing safer for our young and vulnerable people.”
To find out more and to get involved in Safer Internet Day, use the hashtag #SID2017 or visit: saferinternet.org.uk