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Safer Internet Day 2017

On Tuesday 7th February 2017, Richard Avenue Primary school will be celebrating Safer Internet Day 2017. Throughout the Day we will be holding a number of activities, including a whole school assembly and individual lessons to both talk and demonstrate to the children about how to stay safe online. The Day is part of a nationwide event to make children aware.

The following information comes from the UK Safer Internet Centre:

This Safer Internet Day we will be exploring the power of image – both for positive and negative – in digital youth culture.

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

On 7th February 2017, thousands of people around the world will unite for a better internet and consider what they can do to help ‘Be the change’.

This year for Safer Internet Day 2017, the UK Safer Internet Centre is showcasing the power of image in digital youth culture today.

Image and video sharing are powerful tools of communication, self-expression and creativity, but there can be pressures, risks and potential negative consequences.

We need to ensure children have the skills, knowledge, confidence and resilience to communicate using images and videos safely and creatively.

This Safer Internet Day we want to empower children to have a positive time online and inspire everyone to ‘Be the change’ and use the positive power of image to help create a better internet.

To explore these themes, there are a range of activities taking place for Safer Internet Day:

  • Education Packs and SID TV to explore the issues children and young people face as a result of communicating using images and videos, from the pressure to be perfect, to the impact of sharing on their online reputation and privacy.
  • #giveasmile social media campaign calling on people to use the power of emojis and selfies to help make the internet a more positive place.
  • Youth photo campaign: young people across the UK have been creating images to share how images and videos play a role in their online lives, and these images will be exhibited at events across the UK on Safer Internet Day. Get involved with our photography project (pack launching in January) to create your own images!
  • Research report into children’s use of images and videos online will be launched by the UK Safer Internet Centre on Safer Internet Day.

As a parent here are two videos you can watch. One for KS2 pupils and ones for KS1.