Staff at Nottingham Central Library are stepping up attempts to spread awareness about online safety issues.

Today marks Safer Internet Day, a global campaign to promote safe and responsible use and encourage people to connect more online.

The central library is one of the many organisations getting involved, running a drop-in session from 2 until 4pm.

Karen Groves, library development officer, said: “This can entail showing citizens how to access and change social privacy and security settings in their social media accounts, knowing how to recognise a safe website, online banking and parental controls.”

This year, Safer Internet Day will focus on the explosion of image and video sharing thanks to the continued dominance of the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

The theme this year is ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.

If you are unable to get down to the library, there is also a social media campaign on Twitter using the hashtag #SID2017 and tweeting from the account @UK_SIC.

Top tips for internet safety:

  • Apply any necessary parental controls – As well as dangers of online grooming and cyber bullying, some children’s games and apps may ask for real money purchases.
  • Report suspicious activity – Flag up anything unusual so that it can be highlighted to people who can deal with it. If you receive any strange messages then block and report the sender.
  • Keep an open dialogue – Talk to anyone if any issues arise. It is better to talk about problems and they are more likely to be resolved with the help and support of others.