Safer Internet Day 2011 – What are you doing?

Safer Internet Day (SID) is a European-wide initiative organised by Insafe each year in February to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world. Make sure you save the date and join in either at work or at home!

The theme for SID 2011 is “Our Virtual Lives” and “It’s more than a game, it’s your life” and will take place on 8th February 2011.

Safer Internet Day in the UK

Activity for SID in the UK will be led by the new Safer Internet Centre, which starts on 1 January 2011 and is made up of Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning, and the Internet Watch Foundation.  The UK Safer Internet Centre will be launching a new website, www.saferinternet.org.uk, at the beginning of January 2011.

Resource packs for primary and secondary schools containing a range of cross curricular activities and teaching plans are already available on the Childnet website and will also be available from the new UK Safer Internet Centre website.

Other activities SID will include a Young People’s Forum, bringing together 40 regionally selected young people for an interactive conference to result in the new ideas for the creation of a new resource for the Key Stage 5 age group, and a Safer Internet Day 12 hour radio phone-in.

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) will also be launching new resources and activities, amongst them will be:

  • My Life Online Competition – CEOP are encouraging 8-16 year olds to get creative and tell parents about their activities online. This is a great opportunity for children and young people to communicate with their parents about their online activities, hopefully passing on a few insider tips! For further information visit: www.thinkuknow.co.uk/mylifeonline
  • CEOP will be releasing a range of new resources for 8-18 year olds on their website. Visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk for more details on SID

Other agencies and stakeholders such as BBC and Disney have committed to launching new resources for Safer Internet Day – links to these will be provided here on the e-Safety blog in the run up to SID.

Safer Internet Day in Kent

Here in Kent we promoting new resources and are encouraging schools and other settings to discuss keeping safe online with children, young people, staff and parents/carers. The Kent Safeguarding Children Board e-Safety Subgroup will be launching new resources and information for the Kent Children’s workforce to enable us to help children and young people behave responsibly and safely online. More information will be posted at www.kscb.org.uk and www.kenttrustweb.org.uk?esafety

In Kent, we have a full-time e-Safety Officer who provides advice, guidance, training and support to schools and other settings regarding e-Safety and keeping children and young people safe online. You can contact the e-Safety Officer with questions or queries regarding e-Safety and e-Safety incidents via email esafetyofficer@kent.gov.uk 

The e-Safety Officer is looking to create a list of schools or other settings who are taking part in activities across Kent to highlight Safer Internet Day. This will also be useful for the press team who will be looking for events across Kent to highlight the day. Also remember that Safer Internet Day is not only there to remind children and young people of safety messages related to the internet, so why not think about educating parent/carers and staff about the oppounities as well as the risks of the internet.

Please post comments below about any activities you have planned or you can contact the e-Safety Officer to register your plans and for more information. Make sure you check this blog closer to the date for more information and resources!

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