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.
The UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at www.saferinternet.org.uk.
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.
The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.
Here at school we have been comparing the effects of posting nasty messages compared to kind messages. We have been put in the “hot seat” to see how it feels and we have made our own pledges to use the Internet in a positive way. You will see our shareaheart tweets all week as we continue with this theme.
In addition, older pupils have been considering the more dangerous side of the Internet and have learned about the sad and worrying story of Breck Bednar as told in the BBC’s Murder Games. You can read about this in the latest newsletter from school but also you can still watch the programme via BBC iplayer.
How will you play your part?