Safer Internet Day, coordinated in the UK by the Safer Internet Centre is an annual event aiming to raise awareness of online issues and concerns amongst children and young people, from cyberbullying to social networking to digital identity. Tuesday 9 February 2021 marks this year's Safer Internet Day with actions taking place across the globe to create and maintain a better online world.
UK Safer Internet Centre have collated a set of resources to help parents and teachers with educating and keeping children safe online, including a downloadable set of family activities for children of all ages to support this year’s theme: ‘An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world.’
Here is a list of (some) other organisations - with the shared aim of keeping children and young people safe online - and their resources to support this year's Safer Internet Day:
Internetmatters.org provide resources and advice to help give children and young people the support they need to build their critical thinking online.
This includes an Online Critical Thinking Guide with top tips for parents and carers on what to talk about, and practical things to do to help children and young people.
There is also the opportunity to play Find the Fake - an online quiz to play as a family (parents versus children) to learn and test your knowledge on what fake news, disinformation and misinformation is and how to stop it from spreading.
National Online Safety's mission is to make the internet a safer place for children. They aim to do this by providing school staff, parents and children with the knowledge they need to understand online dangers and how best to react should an incident arise.
National Online Saftey App: Recently launched, (and aiming to be world’s most comprehensive online safety app) is their mobile app for adults, which is a very comprehensive free app created by experts to empower parents and teachers to understand and address online safeguarding risks.
Most helpful are the NOS one-pager guides via their #WakeUpWednesday campaign, which can be found in the app and on their website.
Childnet’s mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. Their site provides a wealth of information and resources for children, parents, carers and teachers to equip children and young people with the knowledge of to stay safe online.
Childnet offer a Parents and Carers Toolkit, which provides practical tips and advice on different aspects of keeping your child safe online.
They also offer a page aimed at Primary school children with answers to questions around 'how to stay safe online and what to do when things go wrong', as well as a Secondary Hub aimed at young people aged 11-18.
Thinkuknow is an education programme from the UK National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. Since 2006, Thinkuknow has been keeping children and young people safe by providing education about sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.
Their site provides:
- Information on how to support your child to be safer online at home
- Short videos for parents and carers: delivering online safety at home
- Home activity packs to enable families to support their online safety at home
- Resources for Keeping under 5s safe online
- Jessie & Friends: resources for 4-7 year olds
- How to report an incident to CEOP
and a huge amount of other guidance and information.
The BBC have produced a collection of resources that can be used to explore online safety with both primary and secondary pupils - in the classroom or at home.
This includes a 30-min live lesson aimed at Primary school children, for them to learn about how to stay safe, responsible and wise in a digital world. The BBC have also recently launched BBC Own It: a website for children aged 7-12 that explores the best and worst of online life and a keyboard and app that helps children make smart decisions as they type, and offers advice and guidance.