Published on February 7th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day is being celebrated around the world today. This year’s theme is “Be the change: unite for a better internet”.
Here in the UK, the UK Safer Internet Centre is coordinating various activities to promote the “safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.”
Schools, charities, businesses, police and the government are all involved, offering their advice and expertise for a safer internet.
Last year over 2.8 million children and 2.5 million adults took part in activities. As a result, 87% of young people feel they have the confidence about what to do if they have a concern about something they see online. 68% have spoken to someone in their family about using the internet more safely.
Image and Video Sharing
This year, as social media plays such a huge role in our lives, Safer Internet Day concentrates on image and video sharing.
Taking selfies and sharing pictures with friends should be a happy and fun experience. However, many children and young people face pressure from their peers. Subsequently, this has the potential to expose them to risks and negative consequences.
Therefore, to support today’s campaign, OFCOM in collaboration with the charity Childnet, has produced a Children’s Online Content Worksheet. This worksheet, which you can download here, is aimed at parents and teachers to use with children aged 7 -11. It raises awareness of:
- When and how children go online
- What they see when they are online
By asking children various questions about their online activities you can use the worksheet to facilitate further discussion. Raise topics such as:
- Do you share images you see on your mobile phone or computer?
- Do you ever post images or videos online? Who sees them?
- Is everything you see online appropriate for your age?
- Do you think it is important to tell someone is you see something that worries, confuses or upsets you?
For older children between 11-14 years, a video helps children to think about the impact of sharing an image or comment online.
In addition, another video, specifically for young people aged between 14-18 years old, looks at the consequences of sharing content online. The images and personal information you share online may be misinterpreted and could be visible for the rest of your life. You can view the videos and other useful information from the UK Safer Internet Centre’s Top Tips and Advice for 11-18s here.
Digital Technology in the Home
Previous research from OFCOM has found that a six-year-old understands digital technology better than an adult.
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