Safer Internet Day - Think before You Post
The EU's Safer Internet Day 2010 taking place on Tuesday had the theme "Think before you post." The message is aimed squarely at children and young adults, promoting a safer use of online technology and mobile phones.
At "Digital Tourist" day in Stockholm, an event organised by the Swedish Media Council as part of the safety campaign, the aim was on getting adults to take an interest in their children's lives on social chatrooms.
Ann katrin Agebäck , Director of the Swedish Media Council, told Radio Sweden that children should think about the consequences before they upload material.
"An uploaded picture will stay there forever. One of the main problems with the internet is that things can happen very fast, once you push a button very fast , your picture or text is out there and you can never really take it back, so think before you post."
Elza Dunkel is a researcher at Umeå university, she focuses on personal safety for young people on the net and she said that the responsibility was with adults to talk to their children about their life on the net.
"The most important thing is to talk to young people. Assure them that they can tell us if anything goes on instead of putting up rules and regulations that would rather discourgae them from telling us."