Isle of Man Constabulary, schools, and Manx Telecom are teaming up to support Safer Internet Day on February 11. Safer Internet Day is the idea of the UK Safer Internet Centre which is co-ordinated by a partnership of three leading organisations; Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation. The Safer Internet Centre is co-funded by the European Commission’s Safer Internet Programme and is one of the 31 similar centres in the Insafe network. The centre aims to promote awareness of internet safety and runs an advice helpline. It also operates the Internet Watch Foundation hotline that allows online criminal content to be reported to the relevant authorities who can then take action to remove it, and identify and prosecute those who have committed criminal offences by creating or posting the content online.
In recent months PC Michael Griffiths has been leading internet safety sessions in several Isle of Man schools in conjunction with Ian Barker, Corporate Product Manager at Manx Telecom. PC Griffiths will be providing information on internet safety at assemblies at Ballakermeen High School and St Ninian’s High School reinforcing the Safer Internet Day message. Manx Telecom is producing a flyer to support the campaign which will be available for customers to pick up at the company’s Strand Street store.
On March 6 PC Griffiths will also hosting an internet safety session at Castle Rushen High School and sessions at other schools may be added but have yet to be confirmed.
Voirrey Barron, Marketing Manager at Manx Telecom, said:
“Through our membership of Internet Watch Foundation, Manx Telecom supports the internet industry to provide the UK internet hotline for the public and IT professionals in the UK and Isle of Man to report criminal online content in a secure and confidential way. We take our responsibilities as an internet provider very seriously, and supporting campaigns such as Safer Internet Day is part of our ongoing strategy to help our customers stay safe online. We already provide a great deal of information on our website about internet safety – and our Customer Service and Tech Bench staff regularly give advice to customers on how to set up Live Parental Controls on broadband routers. We have also given internet safety presentations to primary school pupils at the annual Crucial Crew week for several years.”
PC Michael Griffiths said:
“The Isle of Man Constabulary is keen to raise awareness of staying safe online. Young people on the Island have all grown up with the internet and most of them are technologically aware, however, not all are aware of the need to stay safe online and how to achieve that. We are working together with the schools to try and educate the young people on staying safe.”
Advice from Manx Telecom on internet safety can be found at www.manxtelecom.com/saferinternetday