Safer Internet Day 2023

What is Safer Internet Day?

On Tuesday 7th February we will be joining schools and youth settings across the UK in celebrating Safer Internet Day 2023. 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.

Using the internet safely and positively is a key message that we promote in school, and celebrating Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity for us to re-emphasise the online safety messages we deliver throughout the year.

What is happening in our school?

To celebrate the many positives of the internet, and to raise awareness of the issues that children and young people face online today, Yardley Primary School will be joining Safer Internet Day 2023 by carrying out a range of activities in school. We will also take part in the ‘I Want to Talk About it’ campaign, details of which are further below.

Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online

Each year in the UK, Safer Internet Day explores a new issue or theme which is impacting the lives of young people in the UK. 2023 will be the 20th year the day has been celebrated globally. To mark this, Safer Inter Day is celebrating by putting children and young people’s voices at the heart of the day and encouraging them to shape the online safety support that they receive. That is why they are asking parents, carers, teachers, government, policymakers, and the wider online safety industry to take time to listen to children and young people and make positive change together.

  • What issues really matter to children and young people?

  • What changes do they want to see?

  • And how can we all work together to advocate for them moving forward?

Whether you have 5 minutes, a few hours, a whole day or even a week, Safer Internet Day are asking everyone to make time for these conversations and you don’t have to do it alone.

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. That’s why this year the Safer Internet Day theme is:

Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online

'Play Your Part'

One of the activities we will be doing in school is participating in the 'I Want to Talk About it' campaign.

Safer Internet Day 2023 is all about youth voice and the things that children and young people want social media and gaming companies, government, parents, carers, and teachers to know about their lives online.

We will be using the Safer Internet Day 'I Want to Talk About it' template to help us consider what we want others to do to support us online, and to explore how we can all work together to create a better internet by challenging ourselves, those around us, and the apps we interact with online. This could be:

• Things young people want adults to know about their life online.

• What issues really matter to them online.

• Changes children and young people want to see online and how we can work together to make these happen.

• Questions they wish the adults supporting them would ask about their lives online.

If you would like to take part yourself, you can download the template here.

What can I do at home?

We’d be delighted if you could join us in celebrating the day by continuing the conversation at home. To help you with this you may be interested in checking out some of the Safer Internet Day resources for parents and carers below.

Some other resources which you may find helpful in supporting your child online are:

RECOMMENDED! The one stop shop for information and advice for keeping children safe online.

Help your children get the most out of the internet.

Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of unbiased, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety.

Advice and online guides about gaming and PEGI age ratings.

Information presented for parents and carers to find games suitable for children, teenagers and young adults.

Expert reviews, advice and age appropriate recommendations on games, apps, films and more.

For more information about staying safe online visit the Stay Safe Online area of our website.

It is full of advice, tips, guides and videos for both parents and pupils, all designed to help keep your children digitally safe.

If you have a serious problem, you can click on one of the following buttons for advice or to report it:

You can anonymously and confidentially report:

  • Child sexual abuse content

  • Non-photographic child sexual abuse images

Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online?

Make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors

If your child is under 18 and an explicit or nude image of them has been shared online, Childline can confidentially help them to get it removed.