Safer Internet Day 2017 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 7th February with the slogan ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. The DSCB has signed up as a supporter as we believe keeping children and young people safe online is a priority for all of us whatever our role in their lives. Visit the website https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2017/ where you will find lots of resources and ideas to use.
Keeping children safe online is not just a one day a year activity and through the Peninsula online safety group we will provide information and advice to children, professionals (including workers and volunteers) and parents, carers and other adults in the family. The aim of that group is to maximise the positive use of modern technology and social media to ensure the safety of young people and in ways which promote their emotional and mental health and wellbeing. The DSCB is developing a new training course – Keeping Children Safe in the Online World which will be available from April 2017, so keep an eye out for this and our conference on 1 March also contains a workshop how we can encourage young people to use social media safely.
You can get involved on Twitter by using #SaferInternetDay and following @saferinternetday
You might also be interested in the Children’s Commissioner’s Report: Growing Up Digital