Today is Safer Internet Day, Yahoo! Supports It
Article by George Norman
On 08 Feb 2011
Do you know what day is today? If you answered “today is the 8th of February, the birthday of Jules Verne” then you are either a big fan of the French author, or you saw the special doodle that Google is running on google.com. The doodle is inspired by Jules Verne’s novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea; it allows you to explore the depths of the ocean from within the Google homepage. Read more about this topic here.

Today, the 8th of February 2011, is also Safer Internet Day . Organized yearly by Insafe, Safer Internet Day promotes the safer use of online technology and mobile phones. The event puts a special emphasis on children and youngsters safely using online technology and mobile phones. For 2011, Safer Internet Day’s slogan is “It’s more than a game, it’s your life” and focuses on users’ virtual lives.

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Yahoo! has announced that it supports Safer Internet Day with global online safety resources. Yahoo! is celebrating Safer Internet Day by doing the following:

- Introducing Yahoo! Safely in 26 countries across 14 languages. Yahoo! Safely explains how to make smart choices online to parents, educators, and youth.
- Yahoo! Maktoob (in the Middle East) is introducing Yahoo! Safety Oasis, a localized online safety resource that teaches online safety and online privacy to Arabic-speaking children by using fun, interactive edutainment courses.

“Fostering safe online experiences is more important than ever as young people are among the first to adopt the technology and gadgets entering our homes. Children as young as 15 months are playing with iPads, approximately 1 in 3 teens in the US are sending over 3000/texts a month and sadly, cyberbullying incidents are on the rise. Parents and educators across the globe are looking for practical advice and solutions on how to foster children’s online safety with today’s always on, always available technology,” commented Yahoo!’s Director of Child Safety and Product Policy, Catherine Teitelbaum.

In related news, a study conducted by AVG showed that children know more about using a computer than they do about swimming, riding a bike, or tying their shows. Read more about this here.



Tags: Insafe, Safet Internet Day, Yahoo!, Yahoo! Safely, Yahoo! Safety Oasis, Yahoo! Maktoob
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