30 January 2017
These days, pretty much all young people have access to the internet. Whether it’s through a smartphone, iPod touch, tablet computer or home PC, most young people and teenagers now get online almost every day. In fact, teenagers now spend more time online than they do watching TV, making the internet the most popular form of home entertainment for young people in the UK.
Though the internet is an incredible resource, you need to be aware of the potential dangers if you’re going to stay safe online. Understanding which warning signs to watch out for, how to get out of difficult situations and who to tell if you’re made to feel uncomfortable is very important. The upcoming Safer Internet Day has been created to help young people stay safe online. Keep reading to find out more and learn how you can get involved.
What is Safer Internet Day?
Safer Internet Day 2017 will take place on Tuesday February 7th. It will see hundreds of schools, youth groups, charities and police services come together to create a safer internet for all of us to enjoy. The theme this year is ‘be the change: unite for a better internet’ and it’s hoped the day will give young people the information and the confidence they need to keep themselves safe online and change the internet for the better.
There will be loads of events and activities taking place across the country on Safer Internet Day. As well as a choice of social media campaigns there will be talks and workshops in schools and youth centres throughout the UK, so there’s guaranteed to be something happening near you.
One of the main events this year will be The Youth Photo Campaign. The Youth Photo Campaign aims to dispel myths about selfies and online image. Schools and youth groups will be encouraged to explore the power of image in digital youth culture and look at why young people feel so much pressure to present a perfect picture of themselves to the web.
How to get involved
There are lots of ways to get involved in Safer Internet Day. From signing up to become a supporter to joining one of the many social media campaigns planned for the event, you can get involved in any way that suits you. If you want to get more involved in Safer Internet Day, you can download information packs from the event website, get involved in the Safer Internet Day youth photo campaign or watch some of the films made specially for Safer Internet Day TV.
If you want to learn more about staying safe online, or if you want to talk to someone about something that’s made you feel uncomfortable on the web, chat to us via our online chat function or give us a call today on 0808 800 1037.