Hundreds of schools, companies, charities and police forces are joining the UK Safer Internet Centre in reaching out to millions of people across the UK today for Safer Internet Day 2014. It is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to promote the safe, responsible and creative use of technology.
Research launched today by the UK Safer Internet Centre shows that 2 in 5 young people aged 7-19 have created an app, website, game or blog. The study of more than 21,000 schoolchildren shows the incredible opportunities offered by the internet and the importance of ensuring it’s a safe place.
Today is the eleventh annual Safer Internet Day with the theme ‘Let’s create a better internet together’. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, and recognised globally in over a hundred countries, the day provides a platform to celebrate this digital creativity and to encourage the safe, responsible use of technology.
Everyone is being encouraged to play their part in creating a better internet and over 500 organisations have pledged their support for Safer Internet Day 2014. High profile partners including the BBC, Tesco, Microsoft, Disney Club Penguin, Facebook, Google and the NSPCC are coming together to deliver a range of inspiring activities across the UK.
One of the key themes coming out of the day is the need to help more parents in having conversations with their children about internet safety. Research launched today reveals that two-thirds (65%) of parents in Yorkshire and Humberside say that they have spoken to their child/children about at least one key internet safety issue. However, only 18% say that they have spoken to their child/children about how to report something online, which may mean that many children lack the skills to respond to cyberbullying, sexual exploitation and inappropriate content, showing there’s still work to be done to make the internet a safer, better place.
The online study, conducted for the UK Safer Internet Centre by ComRes, identifies where parents are more confident talking about internet safety and highlights the gaps:
- Only 39% of parents in Yorkshire and Humberside say that they have spoken to their child/children about what to do if something upsets them online, despite this being one of the most important messages for children.
- Almost half of parents in Yorkshire and Humberside say that they have spoken to their child/children about meeting strangers on the internet (45%) and protecting personal information online (46%).
- People being unkind online is the top online concern for children, but only a third of parents (37%) in Yorkshire and Humberside report that they have spoken to their child/children about cyberbullying, and only a quarter (22%) say they have spoken to their child/children about being a good friend online.
- Only 30% of parents in Yorkshire and Humberside report that they have spoken to their child/children about sexting.
Will Gardner, Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre, said:
“Everyone has responsibility to make internet safety a priority. Young people are increasingly becoming digital creators and we must equip them with the skills to continue to create and innovate by working together to make the internet a great and safe place.”
“This Safer Internet Day is the biggest one yet – the fantastic range of supporters really reflects how widespread and important this issue is, and we are delighted to see such collaborations where schools, civil society, public and private sectors are all championing the same cause”.
What’s happening in Yorkshire and Humberside?
- Schools and youth groups across Yorkshire and Humberside are running activities for the day. For example, at St John Fisher Catholic High School in West Yorkshire pupils will lead assemblies about online safety and contribute to the ‘How to make the internet at SJF better’ blog.
- Horbury Primary School are holding KS1 and KS2 assemblies, classroom activities throughout the day, a poster competition and hosting our first Parent Information Session. ICT lessons will focus on the SID theme throughout the week.
- Normanton All Saints Infant School pupils are participating in a SID Radio broadcast
- North Yorkshire Police have pledged their support for the day and wll be hosting a Facebook Q&A session and launching a phone security app.
- YHGfL eSafety Manager Victoria Parsons is participating in a live radio broadcast and delivering a parents workshop at Barton St Peters Primary School.
From 12 noon today, the UK Safer Internet Centre is presenting SID TV online, a live TV show at www.saferinternetdaytv.com with advice and practical information from experts and providers such as Facebook, Twitter and BT for teachers, young people and parents on internet safety and issues such as cyberbullying, sexting, parental controls, reporting and privacy.
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