Merseyside's Police Commissioner and her Deputy are supporting Safer Internet Day 2018.
Safer Internet Day 2018 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 6th February with the slogan ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect: a better internet starts with you.’
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.
Jane Kennedy and Cllr Emily Spurrell are pleased be part of the UK-wide social media campaign #ItStartsWithUs which encourages everyone to share how they will make the internet a better place. The day began with a mass tweet reaching millions of people and kick starting a day of trending.
Jane said: "We are excited to be part of this global event and join with others to make the internet a better place for all.
“The internet is a fantastic tool that most of us now use many times a day for a vast range of activities, but sadly it also has the potential to be abused by criminals to carry out serious crimes, fraud and online grooming.
“Cyber crime is a growing issue and one that is taking up more and more police time, yet it’s estimated that more than 90% of it could be prevented.
“That’s why it is so important that we all take steps to find out how to better protect ourselves on the internet and safeguard those we care for.
“Children and young people are often way ahead of their parents and carers in terms of the innovative ways they use the internet, but they can often lack awareness about their own vulnerability and the potential ways they can be harmed by going online.
“Safer Internet Day is an opportunity for us all to educate ourselves and to raise awareness among young people about how to take care of themselves online. A few simple steps can make a big difference and I would encourage everyone to take the time to visit www.saferinternet.org.uk to find out how they can better protect themselves online.”
Will Gardner, Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre, added: "Safer Internet Day is a moment in the year where everyone across the UK can unite to celebrate the internet and make it a better place. Whether you are a young person, parent, carer, school or organisation, we can all take positive actions to make the internet a better place.
"We have seen record numbers of organisations pledging their support for the day making it the UK’s biggest campaign to inspire children and young people to use technology safely and positively. It is this collaboration that helps to ensure Safer Internet Day has such a positive impact, reaching 42% of UK children in 2017 and growing year on year.”
The UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at www.saferinternet.org.uk.
Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.
The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Get involved to play your part!
With a global, community-led approach, Safer Internet Day 2018 encourages everyone to join and play their part. There are many ways to do this:
- Children and young people can help to create a better internet by being kind and respectful to others online, by protecting their online reputations (and those of others), and by seeking out positive opportunities to create, engage and share online.
- Parents and carers play a crucial role in empowering and supporting children to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively, whether it is by ensuring an open dialogue with their children, educating them to use technology safely and positively, or by acting as digital role models.
- Teachers, educators and social workers can help to create a better internet by equipping their pupils and students with digital literacy skills and by developing their critical thinking skills, which will allow them to better navigate the online world. They can empower them to create their own content, make positive choices online and can set a personal example of online behaviour for their pupils and students.
- Industry can help to create a better internet by creating and promoting positive content and safe services online, and by empowering users to respond to any issues by providing clear safety advice, a range of easy-to-use safety tools, and quick access to support if things do go wrong.
- Decision makers and politicians need to provide the culture in which all of the above can function and thrive – for example, by ensuring that there are opportunities in the curriculum for children to learn about online safety, ensuring that parents and carers have access to appropriate information and sources of support, and that industry are encouraged to self-regulate their content and services. They must also take the lead in governance and legislation, and ultimately ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people through effective child protection strategies for the online world.
- Everyone has a responsibility to make a positive difference online. We can all promote the positive by being kind and respectful to others and seeking out positive opportunities to create and connect. We can all respond to the negative by reporting any inappropriate or illegal content.
For more information visit www.saferinternet.org.uk and the websites of the partners: Childnet, the Internet Watch Foundation and SWGfL.