Digital New Year’s resolutions for 2017

04 Jan 2017 Becca Cawthorne

New Year is a great time to set yourself new resolutions. Here are three digital resolutions that we think are key going in to 2017.

1. Check the safety features on your new tech presents

With lots of new tech been given as Christmas presents make sure that you know all of the safety features on your family’s gadgets.

Our parents’ guide to technology gives you lots of advice about setting up the parental controls on smartphones, tablets, gaming devices and Smart TVs.

2. Review your 2016 digital footprint

Your digital footprint is the mark that you leave behind when using the internet and can shape your online reputation. This can be formed by what you post online, what others post about you, or what someone has posted pretending to be you.

The New Year can be a great time to make a positive change to your digital footprint, our digital footprint checklist can help you to do this.

Teachers and professionals can also look at our guide to maintaining a professional reputation online.

3. Report anything that worries or upsets you online

Reporting behaviour that worries or upsets you is a great way to make the internet a safer and better place to be.

Reporting on social media sites can sometimes be confusing so a great resolution to make is to ensure that you know how to report content on the sites that you use.

More information about reporting on specific social media sites can be found in our social media help guide.

Towards the end of 2016 our Digital Leaders had a webinar about reporting on Twitter. At this webinar they discussed what happened when you make a report and who reviews the reports that are made.

You can help make 2017 a great year to be online by being part of Safer Internet Day on 7th February.

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