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Today Is Safer Internet Day

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It's Safer Internet Day today, the moment when organisations from across the globe to work "Together for a better internet".

Digital technologies provide you and your children with a world of possibilities at your fingertips. Never before have we enjoyed so many opportunities to learn, exchange, participate and create.

To make the most of this is a safe and sensible way it's also important that we provide guidance and boundaries for our families too. Safer Internet Day highlights the worries that can crop up: privacy concerns, cyberbullying, disinformation, exposure to potentially harmful content and predatory behaviours, to quote but a few.

When it comes to video games it can be easy to think that these things don't apply. But actually, video games need the same support and guidance as other parts of children's digital life.

The last month we've been highlighting how easy and effective it is to set-up your video game devices to control play-time, spending, interactions and appropriate content.

Along with these tools, the most powerful thing parents and carers can do on Safer Internet Day is to play games with children to make them a healthy and normal part of family life. In this way, you can move beyond worrying about safety to instilling and supporting digital wellbeing.

Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by the joint Insafe-INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, with funding provided by the Connecting Europe Facility programme (CEF). Find out more about the EC's ‘European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children' on the Digital Agenda website.

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Andrew Robertson
Andy Robertson is the editor of AskAboutGames and has written for national press and broadcast about video games and families for over 15 years. He has just published the Taming Gaming book with its Family Video Game Database.