SID 2012 – What can Schools and Settings do to get involved?

The theme for Safer Internet Day 2012 will be ‘Connecting generations’ and will take place on the 7th February 2012 to encourage all internet users, whatever their age, to discover the digital world together safely. The UK Safer Internet Centre will be encouraging parents, carers and grandparents to connect with their children and young people and to share their ideas for staying safe online with others. Similarly, Safer Internet Day will be a call to action for children and young people, supported by their schools, in sharing their knowledge on how to stay safe with the community around them.

Let the Safer Internet Centre know your plans!

Schools can send in to the UK Safer Internet Centre, in no more than 140 characters (i.e. a txt), how they are planning to mark Safer Internet Day 2012. This may be working with children, it could be raising awareness in your local shopping centre, it could be organising for children to help senior citizens to get online for the first time! The opportunities are endless! Send your school logo and text to and these will be added to Safer Internet Centre website.


New Resources to use on SID from Childnet International

Childnet International has developed new resources to support schools taking part in Safer Internet Day on the 7th February 2012. The new Safer Internet Day Education Resources aim to help teachers think about how to address and cover Safer Internet Day in the classroom. A series of resources have been designed for both the Primary and Secondary age groups.

Secondary Schools:

  • Use the lesson plan to enable debate and discussion surrounding internet issues. Challenge young people to understand the concerns of other generations. Showcase your debate to peers, parents, carers and grandparents; and give them the chance to join in!
  • Create an awareness raising campaign in your school to encourage all generations of the local community to connect to the internet safely!
  • This free content can be downloaded from the UK Safer Internet Site at

Primary Schools:

  • Use the lesson plan to enable your pupils to share their internet knowledge with their peers and with a selected audience within the community, to facilitate an exciting and collaborative group learning experience.
  • Create a class song / jingle / rap / short play or sketch titled “How we connect online and why we love the internet” IN ADVANCE of Safer Internet Day that can be showcased at the end of the SID assembly on 7 February 2012.
  • This free content can be downloaded from the UK Safer Internet Site at

Infant and Early Years Settings:

  • The Early Surfers’ Zone is designed for the parents, carers and educators of 3-7 year olds, to help introduce young children to the idea of internet safety, in an age-appropriate, fun and engaging way. The site introduces the character of Smartie the Penguin, who learns to be safe online, by asking his family for help whenever anything happens to make him feel upset, confused or worried. The resources include a new printable E-book, accompanying questions for discussion (for parents / carers / staff who are reading the story), a lesson plan with relevant curriculum links, and subsequent follow-up activity ideas for children to complete at home. There is also an art gallery for children to submit their posters and creative work.


Safer Internet Day Live Radio Show

Safer Internet Day Live, the internet radio programme, will be broadcasting on the day. Building on the success of Safer Internet Day 2011, the marathon programme will hear from world leading experts, those being children and young people! The programme is truly interactive – it doesn’t have listeners but participants. The programme will have sections focusing on particular subjects. The UK Safer Internet Centre are specifically looking for groups of children to appear on the programme- either live or pre recorded and would love to hear from you if your school or organisation has such a group who would like to be broadcast across the globe. The children can tell us how they use online technologies, put questions to our interviewees, or tell others how they are marking Safer Internet Day at home, at school and with friends! Get in touch with express your interest to take part in the programme.

New Resources to use on SID from CEOP

On the 7th February CEOP will be hosting the “Parents’ and Carers’ Guide to the Internet”, ready to broadcast anywhere from schools and offices, to phones and homes. This will be a short TV-style programme which schools and settings will be available to download or stream from the Thinkuknow site. The programme will be an entertaining and light-hearted look at what it’s like to bring up children in the online world – featuring clips and tips from some surprising sources!

CEOP want schools to get parents, carers, childminders, and grandparents to tune in, and here’s how:

  • School could run a parent and carers event, showing the programme and following it up with activities from CEOP;
  • Schools can encourage parents and carers to watch the programme from the comfort of their own homes if they are unable to attend your session;
  • Schools can get children and young people involved using activities supplied by CEOP prior to the event; and
  • Schools can get involved with the event through interacting directly with the CEOP Team on the day.

CEOP are providing the following resources: 

  • A short trailer to market the event, this aims to get parents and carers thinking about what their children are up to online and how they can get involved.  This will be released on the Thinkuknow site at the end of January.
  • A TV style programme that can be streamed live online on the 7th February or downloaded from the Thinkuknow website from the 1st week of February.
  • A resource pack that will be available to download from the Teacher/Trainers area of the Thinkuknow site which can be downloaded from the 9th January This will include:
    • Posters and letters that you can use to publicise events to parents and carers;
    • Activity sheets to get young people involved in the day that can be used in the run up to SID;
    • Briefing notes for running an event; and
    • A presentation to use with parents once they’ve watched the programme.

All of these resources, and more, are available to professionals working with children and young people who register at:


For Kent Schools and Settings

The e-Safety Officer is looking for Kent Schools to take part in activities across the county. Please contact if your school is taking part in SID12 or if your school would be interested in joining in or supporting an event.

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