Safer Internet Day - or 'SID' - is taking place on Tuesday 6 February with the theme 'Create, Connect and Share Respect’. Schools and community groups around the UK will be promoting the importance of online safety and using technology and social media in a positive way.
The day gives schools the opportunity 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.
Schools typically celebrate Safer Internet Day by having special assemblies and lessons focused on online safety, creating posters, presentations and plays in class and running workshops for parents. The organisers of SID provide excellent resources for schools all available here: www.saferinternet.org.uk.
Paul Whiteman, general secretary of NAHT, said:
“Safer Internet Day provides a great opportunity for school leaders to emphasise to pupils and parents alike that while the internet provides a powerful source of information, it needs to be handled with care. The benefits and risks of easy internet access for pupils are clear, so it’s important to find the right balance. Where internet safety is concerned, younger children should not be left to their own devices.
“It’s vital that schools and families work together to give young people the tools they need to navigate the internet safely and with confidence. Whilst this is already happening in many schools progress is being held back because Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) has not yet been given statutory status alongside Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). Online safety, including the impact which social media can have on emotional and mental health, must be seen as part of a bigger picture in schools for pupils of all ages.”
The initiative is organized by the UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation.
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.
Press and Media contacts:
NAHT Head of Press and Media
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org