On Tuesday 10th February 2015, millions across the UK and globally will be celebrating Safer Internet Day. Young people are joining together to declare that creating a better internet is #Up2Us!
On the whole the internet is a really positive place, but there are still too many young people who have negative experiences like being targeted with mean comments. This Safer Internet Day young people are coming together to explore how we can change things.
Over 150 young people in schools across the UK have been sharing what they will do on Safer Internet Day to help make the internet a kinder place. Check out their SID promise videos for inspiration and to get involved.
Don't forget to tune into SID TV at 11am and 2pm, with a replay at 7pm on 10th February. The show will feature a range of celebrities, including stars from Britain's Got Talent, X Factor and EastEnders, and will be hosted by CBBC Friday Download presenters Molly and Harvey.
If your school is not involved yet, why not share the Education Packs and take the lead in bringing Safer Internet Day to your school.
Find out more by clicking here. http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2015
Young people look to their parents for internet safety support
“Two thirds of young people (67%) help their parents or carers use the internet, including one in six (17%) who help with safety features like privacy settings and one fifth (21%) who help parents/carers set security settings to protect against viruses and”
Safer Internet calls on UK families to discover the digital world together
Families all around the UK are encouraged to discover the digital world together.
In the UK new research reveals children appreciate their parents’ guidance in how to navigate the online world. Despite their reputation as clued-up Digital Natives, three quarters of 9-16 year olds (73%) feel they benefit from talking to their parents about their internet use. Contrary to popular perceptions that parents are in the dark, two-thirds (68%) of children say their parents always know what they are doing online
Parents who talk to their children about the internet help to protect against potential online risks, according to the research. It reveals that an ‘open dialogue and active mediation’ can reduce children’s exposure to safety risks without reducing online opportunities. The benefits of active discussion include: lower risk, lower harm, access to more online activities and access to a greater level of skills.
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