On the 9th February 2016, millions across the UK and globally will be celebrating Safer Internet Day. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the day is a great opportunity for teachers to engage with young people and their parents and carers about safe and positive use of technology and encourage them to play their part to create a better internet.
Each year hundreds of primary and secondary schools get involved in the day, running activities in the classroom, putting on assemblies, holding parent sessions or getting involved in the Safer Internet Day social media campaign. As a result, last year, Safer Internet Day 2015 reached 25% of 11-16s, with a third of those going on to change their behaviour – an incredible figure for a one-day campaign!
Over 200 schools have already joined the official supporters list for Safer Internet Day 2016, and it looks set to be the biggest Safer Internet Day yet.
To help schools and youth groups deliver activities for children, young people and parents and carers on Safer Internet Day 2016 the UK Safer Internet Centre has developed Safer Internet Day education packs.
Safer Internet Day education packs
The theme for Safer Internet Day 2016 is ‘Play your part for a better internet’ and provides an opportunity for schools to explore the responsibility we all have to help create a kinder online community.
The Safer Internet Day education packs aim to empower young people to celebrate diversity online in order to inspire a kind, respectful and inclusive internet, and help raise awareness about the issue of online hate and cyberbullying to ensure no child is ever targeted online for being different. This is explored through posters, assembly presentations with scripts, drama activities, quick activities, full lesson plans and even films!
To help teachers get involved the UK Safer Internet Centre has some ideas about how you can use the packs to run activities on Safer Internet Day:
For more ideas about how to get involved visit: the Safer Internet Day website
#shareaheart for Safer Internet Day 2016!
To help spread the love and promote respect and kindness online on Safer Internet Day the UK Safer Internet Centre is encouraging schools to take part in the #shareaheart social media campaign.
Whether it’s a positive message in the UK Safer Internet Centre’s specially designed heart signs, a post filled with heart emojis, or something more creative, there are lots of ways you can get involved! To find out how visit: http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2016/play-your-part/share-a-heart
Remember to share your heart message, image or video on social media on the 9th February using the hashtag #shareaheart!
E-safety Support Resources
Before Safer Internet Day, why not get students thinking about how they would like to mark the event using the Safer Internet Day assembly from this website. The assembly (in both Primary and Secondary versions) is available to all E-safety Support members and can be downloaded from your dashboard.
There is still time to enter the #esstips competition. Simply submit your entries before midnight on 8th February. Find out more