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Guest blog: Safer Internet Day

05/02/2019

In this guest blog for Safer Internet Day 2019 (5th February), the UK Safer Internet Centre explores how young people use technology and what we can do to create a better and safer online community.

Safer Internet Day calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.

The theme of the Day is ‘Together for a better internet’. The theme encourages young people to work together to be positive, safe and respectful online. The campaign encourages young people to explore how the internet works, who owns the information that is shared on it, and how they can actively take ownership of digital spaces.

We want Safer Internet Day 2019 to empower young people to take control of their online lives and to feel that they can harness and use the positive power of the internet for good. 

 

Consent and permission online

In the UK the campaign will particularly empower young people to take control of their digital lives and consider how consent works in an online context, exploring how young people ask, give and receive consent online. 

Research by the UK Safer Internet Centre found that sharing is integral to young people’s online lives - three in five say that someone shared something about them online that they liked or that made them feel good. However, where consent is breached – for instance, when friends share screenshots or photos without asking first – many young people are left feeling angry or anxious.

Many are using the internet as a safe space to understand and navigate topics they’re nervous to ask about, with 67% saying it’s easier to learn about them online. Encouragingly, the internet has helped almost half (46%) through a difficult time.

 

What you can do now?

There are some key things that you can do right now to get involved and help make Safer Internet Day 2019 the biggest yet!

1. Spread the word using the Safer Internet Day Campaign Toolkit and social media resources

The UK Safer Internet Centre have created some resources to help you get involved in the day, and ways in which you can help make Safer Internet Day 2019 the biggest yet!

The campaign toolkit is created each year to help you and your school to get involved in Safer Internet Day by spreading the word and raising awareness. The campaign toolkit contains some key things to help you do this, including banners, images, template text and more.

Share this tweet today:

Today is Safer Internet Day! Join us and @UK_SIC this #SaferInternetDay2019 to create a better internet – RT to show your support saferinternetday.org.uk

2. Download and use the resources and films

For Safer Internet Day the UK Safer Internet Centre have created free resources and films for all age groups which look at the theme of consent online. These resources have been created by the Centre’s team of education experts, and are designed for you to use whether you have 10 minutes or a full day to dedicate to Safer Internet Day.

There are Education Packs, which are tailored made for 3-7s, 7-11s, 11-14s, 14-18s and parents and carers, along with some guidance for educators. These free packs include lesson plans, posters, presentations, activities and more! 

The Safer Internet Day TV 2019 films have been produced to complement the Safer Internet Day Education Packs. The films act as an extension of the packs and as such aim to be conversation starters around the topic of consent in a digital world. They could be used at the beginning of a session focused on Safer Internet Day to kickstart discussions and pave the way for further activities from the Education Packs. 

 

Want to get the latest Safer Internet Day news?

To keep up to date with the latest Safer Internet Day news you can:

 

This blog was written in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the view of the organisation.

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