This Tuesday 5 February is Safer Internet Day! Thousands of schools and organisations throughout the UK will come together to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
With the theme ‘Together for a better internet,’ the campaign in the UK focuses on empowering young people to take control of their digital lives and consider how consent works in an online context.
Safer Internet Day (SID) is celebrated globally in February in over 140 countries each year and in the UK it aims to inspire conversations about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.
Last year 45% of young people across the UK heard about SID and as a result of the day three quarters of parents and carers across the UK said they talked to their child about using the internet safely. We also saw over 1,700 organisations unite to raise awareness of online safety issues and run events and activities right across the UK.
As part of the UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC), we at SWGfL help organise and support SID, alongside our partners Childnet International and IWF (The Internet Watch Foundation). The partnership was appointed by the European Commission in January 2011 and is one of the 31 Safer Internet Centres of the Insafe network. Our partnership has a mission to make the internet a safer and a better place.
How can you support #SaferInternetDay2019?
On Safer Internet Day there will be national events, activities in schools, media coverage, lots of social media engagement, as we all aim to reach as many children and families across the UK as possible. You can help us make this happen.
Thousands of schools, tech companies, police services, charities, football clubs and other organisations across the UK are invited to get involved in the campaign to inspire a safe and positive use of technology.
2. Share our mass-Tweet!
Schedule and share the following Tweet at 8 am on Tuesday 5 February to help begin SID with a bang!
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. #OurInternetOurChoice
3. Follow the UK Safer Internet Centre (UK_SIC) on social media
You can link up with the wider campaign taking place across the UK and globally in over 140 countries by following the centre on social media channels for more news – on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
You can also join the social media campaign #OurInternetOurChoice #SaferInternetDay2019 and download the campaign toolkit here.
4. Use our campaign resources
To find all of our resources, please visit our campaign page where you can find a whole range including our educational resources, SID TV films and Quiz.
Help us make #SaferInternetDay2019 the biggest yet!