Today celebrates the 11th annual Safer Internet Day
Emily is editorial assistant for CorpComms Magazine
The Internet can be a scary place sometimes. I can't understand how children can navigate around it so easily.
It is second nature to them now. But they still have a lot to learn - especially when it comes to Internet safety.
Someone should host a master class on the dos and don'ts of the World Wide Web.
That's what today is for. It is the 11th annual Safer Internet Day (SID), organised by the UK Safer Internet Centre. It aims to promote safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for children and young people. The theme this year is Let's create a better Internet together.
That is exactly what's needed and it is becoming more and more essential every time another 13 year old signs up for Facebook.
It is not just Facebook. Research published today, by the UK Safer Internet Centre, revealed that two in five young people, aged between seven and 19 years old, have created an app, website, blog or game.
Indeed, it shows the incredible opportunities offered by the Internet but it also reminds us of how important it is to ensure it's a safe place.
Is it really that bad?
Worryingly, fewer than 20 per cent of parents say they have spoken to their children about how to report something online. This may mean that many children don't know how to respond to cyberbullying or inappropriate content in the right way.
Parents do need to have more conversations with their children about Internet safety.
Well, more than two-thirds of parents say they have spoken to their children about at least one key Internet safety issue. And almost half of parents with children, aged between 11 and 15 year olds, say they have spoken to their children about online pornography.
What about talking to strangers? With sites such as Tumblr and Twitter it is so easy to create a virtual relationship with someone you don't actually know.
Almost half of parents have spoken about that. But just over four in ten have discussed protecting personal information online, which could mean some children give out information that could put them in dangerous situations.
The Internet is even scarier than I first thought!