Liberty VI, along with parent company Liberty Latin America (LLA), is celebrating Safer Internet Day to highlight the importance of using the internet responsibly and safely. The event, which marks its 21st edition this year, will be observed worldwide on Tuesday, Feb. 6, and will continue to feature the slogan “Together for a better internet.”
Liberty will celebrate Safer Internet Day in the U.S. Virgin Islands for the second year in a row and will continue its internet safety awareness efforts throughout the year with its corporate social responsibility campaign Surf the Web Safely. Its main purpose is to educate the public on how to use the internet responsibly and safely. The campaign’s microsite, https://www.libertyvi.com/surf-web-safely, offers downloadable resources, videos, tip sheets and educational materials.
“The internet is a very valuable and essential tool for everyone, but with its use comes the responsibility to create a safe environment online. At Liberty, we feel it is our responsibility to provide information to help parents, teachers, children and the general public to use the internet safely, practice cybersecurity and respect each other while connecting through social channels,” said Ravindra Maywahlall, country manager for Liberty VI.
This year, the Surf the Web Safely webpage has been updated with new educational content produced by the company that covers a variety of topics such as cyberbullying, digital literacy, online safety, how to create secure passwords, sexting, online shopping and hate speech — just to name a few.
To observe Safer Internet Day 2024, Liberty VI offers some useful tips for children and teens, parents, teachers and the public from the Surf the Web Safely website on how to best use the internet safely and responsibly:
- Don’t communicate with strangers: If you do not know them, don’t give them personal information such as your name, address, phone number or the name of your school. And certainly, do not agree to meet this person to get to know each other.
- Protect your identity online: Do not share your passwords with anyone except your parents. If you have an e-mail account or social media profile, give your passwords to your parents. Do not upload online photos of yourself that you don’t want others to see.
For the general public:
- Protect your computer with a firewall and a good antivirus program and make sure it is up to date.
- Always keep your operating system software updated.
- Create strong passwords using a combination of letters, numbers and symbols that only you can understand. Change passwords frequently and do not share them with anyone.
- Never open emails from contacts that you do not know or places you do not do business with.
- Do not make online purchases from businesses you do not know and are unable to guarantee your safety online.
- Learn as much as possible about the Internet: If you know the Internet and its dangers such as cyberbullying, kidnappings and pornography, you can help your children surf the web safely and responsibly.
- Teach your kids to protect their safety online: Tell your kids not to share personal information on the internet. If they have accounts on social networks such as Facebook or X, show them how to apply privacy controls to prevent strangers from gaining access to their profiles.
- Install an internet filter or parental controls to block inappropriate sites on your computer.
- Familiarize yourself with your school’s policy regarding internet use: You should know what is allowed and what is not allowed to give proper guidance to your students.
- Teach your students the basic rules of internet safety: Show them how to protect their identity online, which sites are suitable, and how to report any incidents or inappropriate contacts.
- Teach your students to use the internet ethically: Show them how to do research using the appropriate resources and respecting copyright. Teach them what is plagiarism and intellectual property, so they learn how to use the internet responsibly.
For more information on Surf the Web Safely and Safer Internet Day 2024, visit the Surf the Web Safely microsite at https://www.libertyvi.com/surf-web-safely. There is more information on Safer Internet Day available at its webpage www.saferinternetday.org.