Safer Internet Day 2022

What is Safer Internet Day?

On Tuesday 8th February we joined schools and youth settings across the UK in celebrating Safer Internet Day 2022. 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 happened 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 joined Safer Internet Day 2022 by carrying out a range of activities in school. We also take part in the ‘Play Your Part’ campaign, details of which are further below.

During this week, we also emailed home an electronic version of the latest issue of the Digital Parenting magazine. This magazine provides parents and carers with the latest useful information and advice regarding online safety. If you didn't receive it, make sure we have your email address in school.

You can also download it now right here.

Parenting & Online Gaming: free interactive virtual event

To mark Safer Internet Day 2022 on Tuesday 8 February, our friends at Parent Zone hosted a free and interactive 30-minute virtual event for parents – exploring everything you need to know about online gaming.

The interactive event live on YouTube explored topics including:

How do you know if a game is suitable for your child?

How do you set effective boundaries around gaming?

What are the signs of excessive gaming – and what should parents do?

Missed it?

If you missed it, you can watch a recording of the event here on our website or on YouTube here.

All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships 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. For 2022 the Day celebrated young people’s role in creating a safer internet and the ways they are shaping the interactive entertainment spaces they are a part of. The platforms young people use are spaces for connection, community and collaboration, which is why the Day challenged them to foster supportive relationships and respectful communities, whilst equipping them with the skills they need to keep themselves and others safe in these spaces.

Speaking with young people is key to exploring their experiences on platforms where they can play games, interact with their peers and others, and take part in ‘live’ experiences such as video streaming. These platforms play such an important and positive role, providing young people with the means to interact with friends and as a great pastime, particularly during lockdowns.

However, there are some emerging safety issues in these spaces as well as issues young people have been navigating for some time; particularly the lack of respect individuals display towards each other, groups ‘ganging up’ against other groups, and the sense that it is easy to ‘get away’ with negative behaviour such as meanness, bullying and swearing. They tell us the apparent lack of consequences for negative behaviour has an impact on their safety and wellbeing.

We need to address these issues so that all young people understand what constitutes respectful behaviour online, and know what to do if they encounter hate or bullying directed at them or someone else. This year's theme for Safer Internet Day was:

All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online

'Play Your Part'

One of the activities we did in school was participating in the 'Play Your Part' campaign. This is where we considered what we can do to play our part in creating a better and more supportive internet. We used the Safer Internet Day #PlayYourPart template to share our ideas. Some examples were:

  • Things we can say to support someone online.

  • Words or questions we can use in an online game to ensure everyone is included.

  • Illustrations of what a better, more inclusive and respectful internet could look like.

  • Pledges of what we will do to help create a more respectful internet, such as, "l will be respectful when talking to others online in games" or "l will support my friends if something upsets them."

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

What can I do at home?

You can still join us in celebrating the day by continuing the conversation at home. To help you with this you may be interested in downloading some of the Safer Internet Day resources for parents and carers below.

1 - Learn more and get involved - Safer Internet Day 2022.pdf
2 - Conversation Starters.pdf
3 - Family Activities.pdf
4 - Family Online Safety Plan.pdf

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.