10 tips for children surfing the web – and their parents


For the 11th consecutive year, Safer Internet Day will be arranged across Europe on February 10. The main goal is mobilizing young users to a more responsible and safer use of the Internet.

Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people in Europe. The event is co-funded by the European union.

In connection with 2015's Safer Internet Day, ECC France has put together a list consisting of 10 things to consider when being online as a child:

  1. Do not post photos of your friends without consent on social networks. 
  2. Apply privacy settings to your social media accounts, such as Facebook.
  3. Before agreeing to anything on the Internet – especially prescriptions of any kind – make sure to read the terms and conditions carefully.
  4. Think about the consequences before illegally downloading music or movies.
  5. Before downloading a new app from an English website, check the conditions to access and use of your personal data.
  6. Search for information and reviews of the shop, before buying trend sneakers from another country online.
  7. If the price seems too good to be true, verify this with the official resellers of the brand to keep clear of counterfeiting.
  8. Before paying anything with your parents credit card, you need to obtain their consent.
  9. Before surfing online with your smartphone in another country, remember to check the roaming charges.
  10. In case of a cross-border complaint, contact the ECC office in your country.

More information about Insafe and the Safer Internet Day campaign is available on Insafe's website.