Today is Safer Internet Day, a global event that invites you to ‘Be the change’ and help to make the internet a safer place for all.
The event is coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, however it is celebrated globally and has a large outreach on social media, with the hashtag #SID2017 drawing attention to the campaign. Will Gardner, Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre, claims the event reached 2.8 million UK children and 2.5 million UK parents last year.
Many issues can affect children who regularly use the internet, particularly those engaging with social media. Some of the main problems include exposure to inappropriate content (such as that which promotes self-harm or online pornography), online grooming, sexting, radicalisation and cyberbullying.
According to research from Ofcom, one in five 8 to 11 year olds, and seven in ten 12 to 15 year olds have a social media profile. Consequently, over 11,000 calls were made to Childline about online issues last year.
So…what can you do to help?
The UK Safer Internet Centre’s website is full of interesting ideas, resources and quizzes for you to use today, whether at home or in the classroom. Watch one of the SID TV films, read up on Safer Internet Day tips, join the #SID2017 social media campaign, or simply join in by giving a smile.
If you or your school require training in online safety, take a look at our e-Safety for Schools online training courses – with all the resources necessary to fulfil Ofsted’s e-Safety requirements, our courses are a straightforward and cost-effective method to help keep you and your students safe from online harm every day of the year!