Safer Internet Day

From UK Safer Internet Centre

Resource type: Event

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5

Region(s): All of UK

Safer Internet Day is dedicated to promoting the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, Safer Internet Day is now celebrated in approximately 170 countries worldwide. In 2024, Safer Internet Day takes place on 6th February.

Each year, Safer Internet Day covers a different online issue or theme. Created in consultation with young people across the UK, the theme for 2024 is Inspiring Change? Making a difference, managing influence and navigating change online.

The UK Safer Internet Centre provides access to a range of supporting resources for primary and secondary schools, including:

 Cost: Safer Internet Day teaching resources are free to download. Training options start from £300 + VAT.

About the UK Safer Internet Centre: The UK Safer Internet Centre is formed of three charities: Childnet International, Internet Watch Foundation and South West Grid for Learning. Established in 2011, it is a leading global partnership that works to identify threats and harms online, and to create and deliver advice, resources, education and interventions that help make the internet a safe place for everyone.

Further resources:

  • Catch up on a free webinar introducing Safer Internet Day 2024 and ways to integrate the resources available into an educational setting.
  • The What’s Up with Everyone campaign is designed to increase mental health literacy in young people. It provides a series of animated stories with a companion website covering topics such as Perfectionism, Loneliness and Social Media.
  • Explore the findings of the Disrupting the Feed research, part of a campaign by the Female Lead Society to improve social media health in young women by encouraging them to follow inspirational and high-achieving female role models on social media.
  • Books for Topics have put together a selection of books to help open conversations around internet safety with primary-aged children.
  • Explore LoveReading4Kids’ selection of picture books, fiction and non-fiction books to help children and young people aged 3-14+ use technology responsibly and stay safe online.
  • Discuss screen time, online safety, cyber bullying and the dangers of social media with pupils aged 7-13 with the teaching resources created by CLPE to accompany the series of four humorous cautionary tales by the prize-winning partnership of Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross.
  • The Usborne Quicklinks website provides links to carefully researched websites that support and enhance the information in Usborne books. Explore the curated links for Usborne’s best-selling Staying Safe Online book.
  • Help young people aged 10+ develop the communication and critical thinking skills needed to engage with the news and distinguish ‘fact’ from ‘fake’ with Topical Talk’s free resources.
  • NewsWise is a free programme of CPD and resources created to help pupils in Years 5 and 6 develop the skills to access, understand, analyse and participate safely in the news.
  • Sign up for a Fake or For Real online workshop for pupils aged 11-18 from The Guardian Foundation’s award-winning Behind the Headlines programme.
  • Find out more about the award-winning Digital Leaders Programme from Childnet, a peer-to-peer training programme that helps education settings embed a comprehensive approach to online safety.

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