Films and resources supporting Safer Internet Day 2019

04 Feb 2019 BY Will Gardner, OBE

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Films and resources supporting Safer Internet Day 2019

Safer Internet Day is once again upon us, aiming to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. It will be celebrated across the UK on Tuesday 5 February and this year will focus on the theme of 'Together for a better internet.' 

To mark such an important day for educators and young people alike, Will Gardner, OBE - CEO of Childnet International and Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre - discusses below what this year will focus on and the variety of educational resources that they've created to explore 2019's themes.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, Safer Internet Days sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Find out more at www.saferinternetday.org.uk.

This year in the UK, Safer Internet Day will focus on how consent works in an online context and will ask young people to explore how they ask, give, and receive consent online. This could be in their friendships or relationships, how they take and share images and videos or how they manage their privacy and data.The campaign encourages young people to explore how the internet works, who owns the information that is shared on it, and how they can actively take ownership of digital spaces. We want SID 2019 to empower young people to take control of their online lives and to feel that they can harness and use the positive power of the internet for good.

We invite everyone to join us, and Safer Internet Day supporters across the globe, to help create a better internet on Tuesday 5 February 2019 and, indeed, throughout the whole year. 

Our Internet, Our Choice: Understanding Consent in a Digital World

For Safer Internet Day we have created a range of educational resources which explore how young people ask for, give and receive consent online. The Education Packs have been specifically designed to follow this theme and support educators in delivering messages about consent online. The packs talk about the issues surrounding consent in a range of ways to make them appropriate for young people ages 3-18.

To explore these themes, a range of activities will take place for Safer Internet Day:

  • Education Packs and SID TV to explore the issues children and young people face when looking at consent and permission online.
  • #OurInternetOurChoice social media campaign calling on people to look at the different ways they ask and receive consent online, and pledge to create a better internet.
  • Research report into children's experience of consent online which will be launched by the UK Safer Internet Centre on Safer Internet Day. 

The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading charities - Childnet International, Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) - with a shared mission to make the internet a better place for children and young people.

Will Gardner, CEO of Childnet International

Will Gardner, OBE, CEO of Childnet International

Will is Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre and the CEO of Childnet, a children's charity working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.

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