Rebecca Evans, Welsh Labour's Assembly candidate for Gower, is once more backing the annual Safer Internet Day.
Rebecca Evans has been recognised as an official supporter of Safer Internet Day and campaigns on internet safety. In her role as a Mid and West Wales Assembly Member, Rebecca has long championed the issue in the Senedd, and has led debate in the Chamber in the safety of children online.
Mrs Evans said: “I am pleased to lend my support Safer Internet Day 2016. The Internet is a wonderful, valuable resource. It can be an enriching learning environment, helping develop knowledge, skills, ideas and global citizenship, as well as being a forum for socialising and entertainment. But there is also a darker side.”
Rebecca Evans has highlighted the challenges and dangers posed to children and young people online by cyberbullying, online grooming, easy access to explicit adult material which may be extreme or violent, and the pressures of modern trends such as sexting.
Rebecca Evans said: “By educating children and those who protect and support them about the safe use of the internet – including recognising danger and the importance of privacy settings and content blocks, for example – we can make the internet a much safer place.
“By helping children to put what they see and experience online into context offline we can build their resilience. There is a huge amount of very good work already taking place in Wales by the Welsh Government, parents, schools, the third sector, the police and others.
“We need to keep redoubling our efforts and working together to protect children – and Safer Internet Day gives us a chance to do just that.”
Safer Internet Day takes place on 9th February.