Safer Internet Day 5th Feb

February 5th 2019 is Safer Internet Day, a day that is very important to our school and pupils. Safer Internet Day is coordinated by the Insafe network and is celebrated every year across Europe, and in other countries worldwide.

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

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Find out more at www.saferinternetday.org.uk.

The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading charities – Childnet International, Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) - with a shared mission to make the internet a better place for children and young people. Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.

This year in the UK, Safer Internet Day will focus on how consent works in an online context and will ask young people to explore how they ask, give, and receive consent online. This could be in their friendships or relationships, how they take and share images and videos or how they manage their privacy and data.

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 SID 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.

Our school is participating alongside hundreds of other schools across the UK and students will be learning about how to use the internet safely and positively.

The UK Safer Internet Centre delivers a wide range of activity to promote the safe and responsible use of technology by children and young people:

  • coordinates Safer Internet Day in the UK, reaching millions every year
  • founded and operates an online safety helpline for professionals working with children in the UK, including teachers and police officers
  • operates the UK’s hotline for reporting online child sexual abuse imagery
  • develops new advice and educational resources for children, parents and carers and teachers to meet emerging trends in the fast-changing online environment
  • delivers education sessions for children, parents, carers, teachers and the wider children’s workforce, including free events across the UK
  • trains children and young people to be peer educators and champions for the safe and positive use of technology
  • shapes policy at school, industry and government level, both in the UK and internationally, and facilitates youth panels to give young people a voice on these issues.

For more information visit www.saferinternet.org.uk and the websites of the partners: Childnet, the Internet Watch Foundation and SWGfL.

Below are a number of short films that will be of interest to you. Also please take time in checking out our Esafety page on our website, where you will find lots of helpful information and guidance.

 

We put young people and their parents head-to-head in a game show and asked them questions about consent online. We wanted to find out if parents and their children have the same or differing opinions on a range of online consent topics.

Your Choice or Mine is a great conversation starter that lets parents and young people share views and learn from one another. Safer Internet Day's aim is to inspire conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. Why not try this at home with your child(ren) and answer the questions below?

This film is intended to be used alongside the corresponding Education Pack for parents and carers.

Start conversations at home with some more "Your Choice or Mine" questions:

Do you need to ask before you…

…post a location on where you and family currently are?

…share a selfie of you with your best friend?

…upload a video of a family member doing something silly?

…add a friend to your family group chat?

…invite a new player to join your online gaming team?

…send a link to a friend of something controversial online?

…wish someone ‘happy birthday’ online?

…change the Wi-Fi password at home?

…give an app permission to see your contacts on your device?

…post a photo of your child on the first day of school?

…complete an online survey that asks questions about your family?

…use another family member’s account on a shared device?

…give out your friend’s phone number to a mutual friend?