Safer Internet Day 2021 will be celebrated in the UK with the theme: An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world.
At a time when Dorset has recorded 9.1 victims of cybercrime per 1,000 people – the third highest rate compared to other areas in the UK – today marks the 10th year of the Safer Internet Centre’s mission.
The partnership was appointed by the European Commission as the Safer Internet Centre for the UK in January 2011 and is one of the 31 Safer Internet Centres of the Insafe network. Communication is the key to identifying online misinformation. The centre has three main functions:
- Awareness Centre: to provide advice and support to children and young people, parents and carers, schools and the children’s workforce and to coordinate Safer Internet Day across UK.
- Helpline: to provide support to professionals working with children and young people with online safety issues.
- Hotline: an anonymous and safe place to report and remove child sexual abuse imagery and videos, wherever they are found in the world.
This year the UK Safer Internet Centre is celebrating the amazing range of information and opportunities online, and its potential to inform, connect and inspire us, whilst also looking at how young people can separate fact from fiction. The campaign focuses on how we can know what to trust online, whilst supporting young people to question, challenge and change the online world. It will explore how influence, persuasion and manipulation can impact young people’s decisions, opinions and what they share online.
In 2020, they reached 49% of young people aged 8-17 and 26% of parents. They invite everyone to join in to help create a better internet on Tuesday 9th February 2021 and throughout the whole year.
They have even designed a quiz which is designed for 8-13 year olds, but you can test your own online safety skills and it can be played by anyone! Start online HERE or download it in Pdf format HERE. (These links may not work after the date has passed by)
They offer a range of short films to accompany their resources for 5-11s, 11-14s, parents and carers, as well as a campaign film outlining the theme of the Day – Click HERE.
(These links may not work after the date has passed by)
The UK Safer Internet Centre are a partnership between Childnet International, Internet Watch Foundation and South West Grid for Learning, part-funded by the European Union and part of the Insafe-INHOPE network.