UK Safer Internet Centre
Last updated: 2021-01-25
About our SID activities
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.
Teaching and learning resources: we have created education materials for educators, parents and carers, and young people to support the day and our theme of reliability online. There are resources and film content for all age groups aged 3-18 designed to support teachers, and we have adapted them and made suggestions for schools that are using remote teaching during national lockdown, including creating recordings of our assemblies, working with other organisations and doing livestreamed events on the day. These include:
- A Guinness World Record attempt in partnership with 2Simple, aiming to set a record for the largest number of online pledges for a better internet by young people on Safer Internet Day.
- A BBC Live Lesson launched on Safer Internet Day.
- livestreamed assembly and learning session in partnership with Liverpool Football Club.
- An after-school 'surgery' session with the Professionals Online Safety Helpline aimed at teachers and educators to seek support with online safety issues.
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 have produced a social media guide with click-to-tweet content to make it easy for supporters to schedule their communications in advance, and we will communicate our research findings, what supporters are doing, and more activity on the day. 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 9 February, in partnership with BT (telecommunications company) hosted by a high-profile presenter, and featuring young people both on a discussion panel and discussing their views on aspects of trust and reliability online, and the strategies they use to navigate an online world in which not everything is always as it seems. The event will also welcome speakers and input from government, industry and the UK Safer Internet Centre. We will hold a separate event with parliamentarians.
Supporters and stakeholders: the success of the campaign absolutely relies on hte fantastic support from 100s of organisations across the UK. We have run five meetings to bring together supporters and stakeholders from 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 such as the BBC, Twinkl and Premier League 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 2021 slogan of "Together for a better internet"…
Government recognises Safer Internet Day as the most significant campaigning initiative supporting a safer internet for young people and looks to industry as well as civil society to own and find solutions for elements of the Digital Charter, from data ethics to limiting the spread of disinformation and improving cyber security. Safer Internet Day has a crucial role to play in raising public awareness of, and showcasing support for, creating a more positive experience for and by young people across the UK.
In the United Kingdom, the UK Safer Internet Centre (SIC) will mark Safer Internet Day by mobilising people across the country to get "Together for a better internet" and explore how they manage their online identity, and how the internet shapes how they think of themselves and others.
The aim of Safer Internet Day (SID) is to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.
An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world
Safer Internet Day 2021 celebrates the amazing range of information and opportunities online, and its potential to inform, connect and inspire us, whilst also looking at how young people can separate fact from fiction.
The campaign focuses on how we can know what to trust online, supporting young people to question, challenge and change the online world. It will explore how influence, persuasion and manipulation can impact young people’s decisions, opinions and what they share online. It will also look at the emotional impact navigating a misleading online world can have on young people and why it is important to create a supportive, critical and questioning culture online that encourages debate and discussion. We want to give young people the skills to support one another, and the strategies to spot and speak out against harmful and misleading content online.
Why does inaccurate content exist, where does it come from, and what’s the solution? We know that the issues of misinformation and ‘fake news’ do not solely affect young people, but that these issues do have a great impact on how young people feel about their time online. Through Safer Internet Day 2021 we want to help equip young people with the skills they need to spot inaccurate content, which can sometimes be a complex task. Once young people feel more comfortable separating fact from fiction it is important that we then help them to take the next steps in helping to create an internet full of trustworthy and reliable information.
The online world is a great source of information for young people and adults alike, and opportunities to research, learn new facts or skills, and even broaden viewpoints are extremely important to all internet users. The internet is also an important way for young people to build positive relationships - to play, interact and share their lives with their peers. As they navigate these social spaces, they are constantly making decisions about who and what to trust online as they play together and socialise online. Safer Internet Day gives young people the chance to build the skills they need to be able to make the best decisions as they navigate an online world where everything is not always as it seems.
We invite everyone to join us, and Safer Internet Day supporters across the globe, to help create a better internet on Tuesday, 9 February 2021 and throughout the whole year.