published on 14 January 2020
From cyberbullying to social networking, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and chooses a topic reflecting current concerns.
Safer Internet Day 2020 hopes to encourage young people to manage their online identity and shows how the internet shapes how they think of themselves and others.
If you are interested in learning more about how to use the internet safely and protect yourself online, please have a look at the links below.
UK Safer Internet Centre
This site contains advice on how to use the internet and new technologies safely and responsibly as well as a range of practical resources, news and events focussing on the safe and responsible use of the internet and new technologies.
A non-profit making organisation working with others to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children. You can access Jenny's Story, Becky's Story and Let's Fight It Together (the cyber-bullying DVD) in addition to other online resources from this site.
An internet portal which aims to direct parents and carers to credible and helpful information on how to keep children safe online.
A site about recognising and dealing with online hazards, setting up safe profiles on social networking sites and understanding how to manage personal information.
Think you Know
this site provides the latest information on the sites young people like to visit, mobiles and new technology. It's separated into different age groups: 5-7years, 8-10 and 11-16 years. There is also a 'parent/carer' and 'teacher/trainer' section. It discusses what's good; what's not so good about the internet; about online risks and what you can do about them.
That's not cool
This website has been created to help young people and their parents understand how mobile phones, instant messaging and online profiles are all digital extensions of who we are. It aims to provide young people with information the tools to help people think about what is, or is not okay in their digital relationships and the tools to resist peer pressure.
Google Family Safety Centre
Provides parents and teachers with practical tools to help them choose what content their children see online. Look out for the video tips on how to set up safe searching on Google and YouTube.
A forum where parents, teens, educators and experts discuss and learn about safe blogging and social networking.
Advice for parents and carers- identifying signs of bullying and how to respond to it appropriately.
Mobile Phones, handheld devices and gaming
Vodafone Digital Guide Digital Parenting - keeping kids safe online
Take the online test to give you an idea about how well you understand internet safety and new technologies. It's quick and easy and will help you decide which parts of the website to visit. It provides information about how to apply internet safety strategies to mobile phones and handheld devices and how to manage excessive use of the new technologies.https://www.vodafone.co.uk/cs/groups/public/documents/webcontent/vfcon096227.pdf
N.B Each of the mobile networks including the top 5 e.g. EE, GiffGaff, O2, Sky Mobile, Tesco and Virgin Mobile etc. have their own internet safety pages.
Information on reporting inappropriate contact or illegal content
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre
The CEOP Centre is the UK's national police agency set up to tackle online child sexual abuse. If you are worried about someone's behaviour towards a child, either online or offline, you can report this at www.ceop.police.uk.
This charity aims to prevent bullying and child sexual abuse, by working with children and young people aged 6 to 19, concerned parents and grandparents, teachers and carers.