Today is Safer Internet Day 2017. Here at Our Lady’s we are using the day as an opportunity to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community.Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Thousands of people around the world will spend the day considering what they can do to help ‘Be the change’.
Used correctly, the Internet is a fantastic resource, but unfortunately, there are unscrupulous people who abuse it and create a bad experience for other online users. Young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider need to unite in order to create a better, safer internet.
It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that our young people grow up knowing how to protect themselves online. This year for Safer Internet Day 2017, the UK Safer Internet Centre is showcasing the power of image in digital youth culture today. Image and video sharing are powerful tools of communication, self-expression and creativity, but there can be pressures, risks and potential negative consequences of sharing personal information. Young people need to understand how this can impact on their future in terms – for example potential employers could form an impression of them based on their online profile/persona. We are discussing ways the positive power of image can create a better Internet.
We need to ensure children have the skills, knowledge, confidence and resilience to communicate using images and videos safely and creatively. For Safer Internet Day staff are working with students to explore themes such as privacy settings, cyber-bullying and not chatting online to strangers. Safer Internet Day is designed to empower children to have a positive online experience and inspire everyone to ‘Be the change’.
You can find out more about how you can get involved by visiting the UK Safer Internet Centre.