UK Safer Internet Centre

Last updated: 2022-01-11

About our SID activities

The aim of Safer Internet Day (SID) is to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.

Our Safer Internet Day (SID) activities are focused on ensuring that young people's voices are at the heart of our campaign to reach as many young people in the UK as possible, and our theme for 2022 is: ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’.

From gaming and chat, to streaming and video, young people are shaping the interactive entertainment spaces they are a part of. Safer Internet Day 2022 celebrates young people’s role in creating a safer internet, whether that is while gaming and creating content, or interacting with their friends and peers.

Using tailored learning materials, tips and resources for all ages as well as for educators and families, Safer Internet Day challenges everyone to play their part in fostering supportive relationships and respectful communities online. From discussing the ways the internet can be used to communicate, to creating positive change in online groups when bullying behaviours arise, the day empowers young people to be at the heart of creating a better internet.

Teaching and learning resources: we have created educational materials for educators, parents and carers, and young people to support the day and our theme of ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online. There are resources and film content for all age groups aged 3-18, designed to support teachers, young people and families.

Social media: as ever we are reaching out to organisations across the UK to support our social campaign, to share what they are doing and show their support for the day, as well as using our own channels to drive up engagement and to disseminate our films and key messages. We are working with social media companies to support the campaign on their platforms, particularly around engaging and fun ways to encourage young people to show their support for the day, disseminating our films and content, promoting the opportunity to register as a supporter and more.

Events: we are holding a live-streamed event for policy makers and decision makers on Safer Internet Day, in partnership with BT (telecommunications company) and featuring young people both on a discussion panel and discussing their views on our theme, and the strategies they use to build respectful relationships and discourse online. The event will also welcome speakers and input from government, industry and the UK Safer Internet Centre. We are also engaging with parliamentarians.

Supporters and stakeholders: the success of the campaign absolutely relies on the fantastic support from 100s of organisations across the UK. We are running meetings to bring together supporters and stakeholders from the internet industry, government, charities, police and wider to inform them about Safer Internet Day, provide opportunities for them to share their plans, and give them the tools and inspiration they need to get involved. Several key stakeholders are creating their own content in support of the day, hosting our learning resources, or taking action to engage their networks. Organisations can sign up to become official supporters of the day through our website.

What we are doing to support the SID 2022 slogan of "Together for a better internet"…

The UK Government recognises Safer Internet Day as the most significant campaigning initiative supporting a safer internet for young people, and looks to the UK Safer Internet Centre to coordinate the campaign in the UK and increase its reach year on year. With a growing focus on safeguarding young people online, and on online media literacy, Safer Internet Day has a crucial role to play in raising public awareness of, and showcasing support for, creating a more positive experience online - with young people across the UK at the heart of the day.

In the United Kingdom, the UK Safer Internet Centre (UK SIC) is marking Safer Internet Day by mobilising people across the country to get "Together for a better internet" and explore how they can build respectful online relationships and discourse when they play and interact online.

About us

The UK Safer Internet Centre (SIC) is a partnership of three leading organisations: Childnet International, Internet Watch Foundation and SWGfL, with one mission – to make the internet a great and safe place for children and young people.

The centre has three main functions:

Awareness Centre: to provide advice and support to children and young people, parents and carers, schools and the children’s workforce. The Centre also coordinates Safer Internet Day (SID) across the UK.

Helpline: to provide support to professionals working with children and young people with online safety issues.

Hotline: an anonymous and safe place to report and remove child sexual abuse imagery and videos, wherever they are found in the world.

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