Safer Internet Day 2018 – a better internet starts with you
The internet provides young people with remarkable opportunities to socialize, to play and to learn – to access seemingly infinite streams of information and make unlimited connections instantly, at the click of a button or tap of a finger. Maximizing the effective use of digital technology is now an essential part of the learning and teaching environment – equipping students with the skills to succeed in a global, digital economy. And yet, with these tremendous online opportunities, come online risks. For professionals involved in child welfare and development, the challenge is to help young people strike the right balance.
In a world of ubiquitous digital lifestyles, how can we protect young people from the dangers of ‘connecting’? Of being ‘social’? Of sharing personal content online? How can we de-dramatize the online risks, yet raise awareness of them? And how can we, within this environment, nurture our young people into responsible digital citizens and teach them to become their own digital filters?
Safer Internet Day provides a key moment when children and young people can take the lead in making the internet a better place and when schools and families can spark conversations about these issues and encourage children to speak up about any worries they may have.
Safer Internet Day 2018
Safer Internet Day 2018 will take place on Tuesday 6th February with the theme ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect: a better internet starts with you’.
Celebrated globally and coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the campaign sees hundreds of schools and organisations join together to raise awareness of online safety issues As a result of Safer Internet Day 2017, 1 in 4 young people said they spoke up about something that had been worrying them online.and run events and activities right across the UK.
Schools across the UK are invited to get involved in the campaign to inspire the safe and positive use of technology. The UK Safer Internet Centre has provided ideas for getting involved, including a ‘campaign toolkit’ and a range of educational resources and videos, which can be accessed via the Safer Internet Day 2018 website.
Plans for 6th February
On the day, the campaign will create a huge buzz! There will be national youth events, activities in schools across the UK, media coverage, a day of trending on social media, companies will spread the word to customers and employees, as we all aim to reach as many children and families across the UK as possible.
Together we can make a positive difference
As a result of hearing about Safer Internet Day 2017, an evaluation found that the majority of children spoke to their families about staying safe online while 79% felt more confident about what to do about any worries online. As a result of the day, 1 in 4 young people said they spoke up about something that had been worrying them online.
Together we can make #SID2018 the biggest campaign yet and make a real difference to the digital lives of children right across the UK.
To find out more about how your school can get involved, check out this blog – ‘4 ways schools can get involved in Safer Internet Day’