Safer Internet Day 2020 is on the 11th of February and will be celebrated with the theme ‘Free to be’ – looking at identity online.
Safer Internet Day aims to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
This Safer Internet Day the UK Safer Internet Centre are encouraging everyone to think about identity online, looking at how the internet shapes how they think of themselves and others. This year the Safer Internet Day campaign will be using the hashtag #freetobe – exploring all of the things that young people should be free to be, when they are online.
#Freetobe – Safer Internet Day 2020
Each year in the UK, we use Safer Internet Day to explore a new area or theme that is important to the young people we work with every day. This year we are exploring whether young people feel free to be themselves online. We will explore how young people manage their online identity, and how the internet shapes how they think of themselves and others. We will look at whether the internet allows young people to experiment and express themselves, or if they feel limited in who they can be online. By opening up conversations around online identity, we aim to inspire young people to support each other in being who they want to be. We want Safer Internet Day 2020 to celebrate difference and help us work towards creating a truly inclusive internet.
SMART Rules! Safer Internet Day aims to instil the following SMART Rules into all children:
Safe: Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
Meet: Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
Accepting: Accepting emails, messages, or opening files, images or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems — they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
Reliable: Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the intemet may not be true. Always check information by
Tell: Tell a parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone, or something, makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
SAFER INTERNET DAY 2020 TOP TIPS
Make the most out of your time online by taking a look at these top tips this Safer Internet Day. From expressing yourself to embracing differences, these top tips look at all the things that you should be free to be online. Click here
There are lots of other Resources from the UK Safer Internet Centre available:
For children aged 3 – 11 yearshere including films, storybooks and other fun sites, with plenty of information to help you enjoy your time online and stay safe on the internet.
For children aged 11 – 19 yearshere including films, games, quizzes and advice to help you use the internet safely, responsibly and positively.