The start of the year has flown by and with January already coming to an end, Safer Internet Day is fast approaching! Safer Internet Day is a globally recognised day that encourages everyone to make the internet a great and safe place for children and young people. This year we are celebrating Safer Internet Day with the theme ‘Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations online’. Now, with only two weeks to go, find out how your school or organisation can get involved.
If you haven’t yet registered your support for Safer Internet Day, it couldn’t be easier. Just fill in the form and tell us about your school or organisation as well as how you’ll be celebrating on the day. If you register, you’ll also be listed on the supporter’s map and joined by the other 1600 organisations and schools that have already registered their support!
This year we want to hear directly from young people about their online experiences. The Video Wall is a new activity for 2023 that encourages young people to send in their own videos and talk about what they want for a safer internet. These are then presented on the UK Safer Internet Centre website for all of us to listen and see how we can support. Find out how to get involved by reading the video wall guidance.
The Safer Internet Day Films give a great introduction to the Video Wall as well as a chance to hear from young people about their online experiences. These films are hosted by Princess who is also a young presenter on our Interface podcast. Take a look at films for primary as well as secondary schools.
The Safer Internet Day educational resources are available to download and schools can use them across assemblies and classroom teaching to promote the theme of ‘Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations online’. Resources are available for 3 – 18 year olds in English and in Welsh and contain a variety of activities for schools to get involved with. Discover lesson plans, activities and posters for primary and secondary schools.
Want to start talking about Safer Internet Day across your channels? The social media pack contains guidance and content you can use to promote your support across social media. Join the conversation today and let us know how you’ll be celebrating.
As well as the educational resources, the UK Safer Internet Centre has also provided advice pages for parents and carers to help them start conversations around safer internet use. Included is guidance on how to approach difficult topics, discuss concerns and how to report issues along with many more topics.
For Safer Internet Day, a national youth charter will be delivered to government around what young people want to see for a safer internet. Schools and organisations can create their own youth charters with their students by using the template available. Remember to follow the guidelines for submission!
Safer Internet Day is just around the corner and it has been so amazing to see the support so far. For more information about Safer Internet Day, take a look at the landing page where all the activities are listed. We look forward to seeing how everyone will join the discussion and get involved on the 7th February!