Safer Internet Day 2020 is being celebrated in the UK on Tuesday 11th February.
The global theme is ‘together for a better internet’ and this year in the UK we are putting the focus on how young people explore and express their identity online.
The aim of Safer Internet Day is to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.
Let’s create an internet where we are….
Free to be creative
The internet is a great place to experiment with how to represent yourself. Whether that is using filters or emojis, or giving your avatar wings and green hair in a game, remember to have fun and use the internet to release your inner creativity!
Free to be different
The internet allows us to find more of the things we like or relate to, but it’s also a place where we can learn about people who are different to us. The internet can be a great place to express the things that make you special or unique. Let’s celebrate the fact that so many different people are using it!
Free to feel safe
Always keep your personal information safe online. There are lots of ways you can express yourself without giving this away. Remember that other people online may not always be who they appear to be, so be sure to check with an adult if you are ever unsure about what to share or who you are chatting to online.
Free to expect respect
If someone is treating you or your friends unkindly online, or not respecting you for who you are, you can use the block and report buttons to take positive action to stop it, and make sure you tell someone too. Remember to support your friends, and show others how to be respectful and kind online.
Free to ask for help
If you are ever unsure about something you see online, or anything makes you feel worried, upset or confused then ask an adult that you trust for some help and advice.
Advice about smartphones, gaming devices, tablets and other internet-connected devices
This guide has been created to answer these questions and introduce some of the most popular devices, highlighting the safety tools available and empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly.
Safer Internet Day 2020