Safer Internet Day 2023 will take place on the 7th of February 2023, with celebrations and learning based around the theme ‘Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online’.
Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people, and to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively.
This year the campaign is hoping to answer the following questions:
What issues really matter to children and young people?
What changes do they want to see?
How can we all work together to advocate for them moving forward?
With your help, Safer Internet Day 2023 can be a springboard for conversations that shape how we talk about and respond to online issues, not just for one day, but throughout the whole year.
Starting the conversation about being safe online can be difficult, the top tips below have been created to help you start to have a conversation with your youngsters about how to stay safe online.
The BBC will be hosting a live gaming themed lesson for those aged 7-11. There is also a link to a discussion programme for primary teachers but has information on digital literacy and online safety. You can watch that here.
BBC online has a wealth of videos and guides talking about why youngster should stay safe online, what some of the concerns could be and online bullying and dealing with trolls. You can click here to be taken straight to them.
There are loads of different types of social media and what seems like a million ways to connect online, it can be hard staying on top of how each one works and what dangers you might have to look out for. each of the guides below, goes through what the platform is, how it is used and what you might need to look out for, giving you a chance to have that conversation with those who use them.