4 ways to get involved in Safer Internet Day 2018

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally on Tuesday 6th February with the theme ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect: a better internet starts with you’. 

The aim is to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.

Anyone who works with young people can play a crucial role in ensuring the success of the day, by running engaging activities that spark conversations among children, parents, carers, staff and the wider community.

Last year more than 1,600 organisations got behind the day, including 1,177 schools, and collectively we reached 3 million UK children. Most importantly, as a result of the day, the majority of children said they felt more confident and 1 in 4 children said they spoke up about something that had been worrying them online.

Safer Internet Day provides a key opportunity to showcase the work going on in your setting to empower young people to use technology safely and positively and to create a real ‘buzz’ about this issue.

This year we already have over 300 schools registered as supporters, and the day is set to be the biggest yet.

How you can get involved:

Run activities in your school for pupils, parents and staff

The UK Safer Internet Centre has published free Education Packs and SID TV films to run activities for children and young people. The resources are tailored for 3-7s, 7-11s, 11-14s and 14-18s and include lesson plans, assembly presentation and script, films, posters, quick activities and more. Our pack for teachers and educators provides more ideas too.

We also have an Education Pack for Parents and Carers which you can share directly with parents and carers to help them begin conversations with their families and find out more about using technology safely.

Safer Internet Day is a good moment to provide staff with training and support and you can highlight the UK Safer Internet Centre’s helpline for professionals (www.saferinternet.org.uk/helpline) as well as advice and support available. You can use this free INSET presentation to run a session for staff.

Join the Safer Internet Day social media campaign

​Join the conversation at #SID2018 and download our #ItStartsWithUs templates to make your pledges. Why not use the jigsaw design to create a display for Safer Internet Day?

Encourage children and young people to take the lead

​Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity to give children and young people a voice and encourage them to take the lead:

  • Get young people running activities, from leading an assembly to running a campaign – or even a parent or staff session!
  • Give pupils the opportunity to have their say in a pupil survey or consultation
  • Creating a video with young people’s tips and perspectives
  • Encouraging them to reach out – whether to local police, care homes, your MP or a business – to see how they can work collaboratively to achieve a big impact for SID in your area.

Showcase what your school is doing

Help showcase the fantastic things you are doing by joining hundreds of schools on the supporters list. Simply complete the registration form to receive your supporter certificate and showcase your school’s activities and logo on the UK Safer Internet Centre website.

You could make a splash in your local community by contacting your local press, inviting your MP or other officials to your school, and showcasing your activities to other schools and organisations in your local community. Find out more in our Pack for Educators, which includes a template press release.

Together we can make #SID2018 the biggest yet!

Back to Magazine

Related Articles

Safer Internet Day - SID TV 2019 Launched

Safer Internet Day - SID TV 2019 Launched

Each year we create a series of films for Safer Internet Day to engage young people and help start conversations in classrooms across the country. Here's how to use the films in your school.

9 January 2019
Online Safety
Safer Internet Day 2019 - Save the Date, Tuesday 5th February

Safer Internet Day 2019 - Save the Date, Tuesday 5th February

Safer Internet Day (SID)2019 which will take place on Tuesday 5th February 2019, with the global theme of ‘Together for a better internet’.

13 August 2018
Online Safety
Safer Internet Day 2018 reaches 45% of young people

Safer Internet Day 2018 reaches 45% of young people

The Safer Internet Day 2018 Impact Report has revealed that this year's campaign reached 45% of 8-17 year olds in the UK.

11 April 2018
Online Safety
Football clubs help celebrate Safer Internet Day 2018

Football clubs help celebrate Safer Internet Day 2018

How more than 50 football clubs from across the country got involved to help make this year's event the biggest yet.

13 February 2018
Online Safety
Millions take part to help make Safer Internet Day 2018 the biggest yet!

Millions take part to help make Safer Internet Day 2018 the biggest yet!

Tuesday 6th February saw the celebration of Safer Internet Day across the world in more than 140 countries. We look back on the range of activities that took place across the country that helped make the day so successful.

8 February 2018
Online Safety