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Safer Internet Day 2015

Safer Internet Day will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 10 February with the slogan 'Let's create a better internet together'.

On the 10 February 2015, millions across the UK and globally will be celebrating Safer Internet Day. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the day is a great opportunity to talk to young people about the safe and positive use of technology, and to share a smile to help create a kinder online community.

For Safer Internet Day 2015 the UK Safer Internet Centre is hoping to build on the successes and momentum of the 2014 campaign, which was supported by over 650 UK schools and organisations, reaching 25% of UK children, 18% of teens and 10% of parents – an incredible figure for a one-day campaign.

Most importantly, Safer Internet Day had a huge impact. For example, among children, almost half said they changed their online behaviour and almost two-thirds spoke to a family member as a result.

As one primary school head teacher explained:

“Safer Internet Day had a huge impact on our children. Many children have spoken to their learning mentor and their parents about issues that are making them feel uncomfortable online, and we are recording the incidents and dealing with issues that have arisen. It has really opened up a dialogue between the school, children and parents.”

This year’s theme is ‘Let’s create a better internet together’ and provides an opportunity for schools to explore the responsibility we all have to help create a kinder online community.

How to get involved?

Each year the UK Safer Internet Centre develops education packs to help schools and youth groups deliver activities for children, young people and parents and carers on Safer Internet Day.

The education packs include posters, assembly presentations with scripts, drama activities, quick activities, full lesson plans and information for parents and carers.
Here are some ideas about how you can use the education packs to run Safer Internet Day activities at your school:
  • In the classroom, teachers can use the UK Safer Internet Centre’s lesson plan to get pupils to launch a campaign in the school to encourage others to do good digital deeds for friends and others so as to ‘create a better internet together’.
  • Form tutors can use the Safer Internet Day quick activities for primary and secondary to get young people to make a Safer Internet Day pledge to reflect what they will do to create a better internet.
  • Assemblies in the week of February 10th could focus on the theme of internet safety. Use the ready-to-go assembly and script for secondary schools and primary schools – or why not support pupils to deliver their own assemblies?
  • Display the primary and secondary Safer Internet Day posters in your school.
  • Reach out to parents using the Safer Internet Day parent pack, which includes
  • a template letter, resources and a ready-to-use presentation.
You can also:
  • Tune in to SID TV which will be streamed live on Safer Internet Day.
  • Display the Safer Internet Day banner or logo on your school website, and link to the UK Safer Internet Centre at www.saferinternet.org.uk.
  • Submit your logo and share what you are doing for Safer Internet Day by registering as a Safer Internet Day Supporter and receive a supporter’s certificate for your school.
  • Encourage your pupils to make a Safer Internet Day promise and be inspired by other young people’s video clips.
  • ‘Share a smile online’ – get creative and share it online from your school social media account using the hashtag #SID2015
But why stop there? Over the past few years there have been a range of inspiring and creative ideas from schools across the UK including the launch of a pupil e-safety committee, a student stall and parent drop-in, advice videos created by young people, creative youth led campaigns and the unfiltering of social networks for Safer Internet Day.

More information

Find out more at www.saferinternetday.org.uk.

Join the conversation at #SID2015

Safer Internet Day is organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, which is a partnership of three charitable organisations, Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation.