THE Saturdays’ Una Healey has called for parents and young people to make the online world a safer place.
The Thurles native was launching Disney’s Club Penguin online safety campaign It Starts With You. She also appears in an on-air campaign on the Disney Channel asking young people and their parents to get involved.
She has posed for a range of iconic shots to support the campaign, from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, falling into the unknown and confusing realm of the ‘digital’ world, to a black and white Eva Peron, rallying the masses.
Una, a Disney Club Penguin ambassador, said: “I wouldn’t think twice about teaching my child how to cross the road safely, and it shouldn’t be any different when it comes to teaching her to navigate safely in the online world too. The internet is a place for discovery, learning and making friends, so it’s important that parents empower young people to treat each other with respect online.
She added: “Even though my daughter Aoife is only young, one day I know she will want to be logging on and speaking to her friends online, and when that happens I want to make sure she is safe and that I understand the language being used to ensure this. The internet can be a brilliant thing, which is why we want young people to learn the rules of the road with Club Penguin. It Starts With You!”
Research just released by Disney’s Club Penguin reveals the dictionary of words used by today’s ‘digital natives’ – the first generation of young people who are more comfortable with the internet and technology than their parents – and highlights how two thirds of parents are unfamiliar with these words’ meanings, be they positive or negative.
See www.clubpenguin.com/safety for more.