11th February 2014: Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day

On the 11th February 2014, the eleventh annual Safer Internet Day will take place with the theme ‘Let’s create a better internet together’.

Celebrated globally in over a hundred countries, Safer Internet Day aims to inspire the safe, responsible and creative use of technology.

This year’s theme covers the responsibility that everyone has in making the internet a safer and better place. For young people, Safer Internet Day is a chance to celebrate being kind and creative online, while educators, parents and carers can help to empower young people to embrace the positive by equipping them with the digital literacy skills they require for today’s world. Industry should work in partnership with others to create and promote a positive online environment for young people.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, Safer Internet Day brings together hundreds of organisations from across the UK in promoting the safe use of technology.

Mothers' Union has joined a long list of organisations supporting Safer Internet Day and is pleased to be working with both the UK Safer Internet Centre and also Media Smart UK to support Safer Internet Day and to provide parents with information about how advertising online as well as ideas and tips about how to start conversations about staying safe online.

Reg Bailey, Chief Executive of Mothers’ Union, said “Safer Internet Day provides the perfect opportunity for parents and carers to start an ongoing dialogue with children and young adults about what they are doing online. By talking with their children, parents can help to develop their emotional resilience, offer tips on how to be discerning digital citizens as well has highlighting many of the positive opportunities the internet affords.”

For top tips from Media Smart, view their video at http://www.mediasmart.org.uk/