Safer Internet Day 7th Feb




Safer Internet Day 2017 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 7th February with the theme ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.  Co-ordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre (a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation), the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

Parents and carers can help to create a better internet by:

  • maintaining an open and honest dialogue with their children about their online lives,
  • following age restriction guidelines
  • supporting them with their personal development online
  • helping them to deal with any concerns or issues
  • seeking out positive opportunities to engage with their children online
  • helping their children to find and use good quality digital resources.
  • They can help to respond to the negative by:
    • staying engaged with their child’s online activity (as appropriate to their age),
    • modelling positive online behaviours themselves,
    • reporting any inappropriate or illegal content they find.

Safer Internet Day is an opportunity to promote the positive uses of technology and highlight the role we all play in creating a better and safer online community. Young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers and wider communities are all encouraged to get involved.

This year’s theme draws on how people interact with one another online, and the positive outcome in collectively calling for a ‘better’ internet.

This in itself is an excellent opportunity to discuss with your child what their favourite things about the internet are and how they’d like to improve it.

Why not ask them to share some online safety tips with you? That way you can find out what knowledge they’re confident in implementing online and the areas they may need extra support with.

Further reading on internet safety

Online risk: myths and facts

What can make young people vulnerable online?

What are parental controls and how can they help children stay safe online?

The 5 digital parenting rules that REALLY matter

Critical thinking online: a parent’s guide (link is external)

Building children’s online resilience

Even once you’ve got all the facts, helping your children enjoy the internet safely isn’t always easy. And talking to them about online risk can be just as daunting. If you need more support or practical tips on what to say, have a look at these resources:

Reporting to CEOP

CEOP’s tips on having difficult conversations with your child.

How worried do you need to be about your child’s internet use?

Nude selfies: what parents and carers should know

CEOP’s Thinkuknow site for parents

For more information, tools and resources visit