Safer Internet Day 2021 has arrived! Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the celebration sees thousands of organisations get involved to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
Each year in the UK, Safer Internet Day explores a new area or theme that is important to their overall mission to keep young people safe online. This years theme: #AnInternetWeTrust celebrates the amazing range of information and opportunities online, and its potential to inform, connect and inspire us, whilst also looking at how young people can separate fact from fiction. The campaign focuses on how we can know what to trust online, supporting young people to question, challenge and change the online world.
Today we join the thousands of organisations and supporters by raising awareness as we explore how influence, persuasion and manipulation can impact young people’s decisions, opinions and what they share online. We want to provide our students, parents and host families with the skills they need to support one another, and strategies to spot and speak out against harmful and misleading content online. Today we invite our students, parents and host families to help create #AnInternetWeTrust.
To help our students engage with this year's campaign, we are sharing The Safer Internet Day Quiz. Those who take part will be able to test their knowledge of what to trust online, with the added incentive of a special prize.
Host Family care is vital to the smooth running of any professional guardianship organisation. Offering a safe, secure home for our students is paramount to the service we provide and really can create a home away from home. This role is becoming ever more important during the Covid-19 pandemic, as students are learning online and are therefore relying on their host families and their guardian to help them to stay safe online.
UK Safer Internet Centre have created a host of resources for parents and carers. Amongst the tools, they have produced a Family Online Safety plan. We hope our hosts can use this new resource and involve their Bright World students when they create their very own tailored plan.
Safer Internet Day 2021 has arrived! James is joined by Charlotte to discuss this years theme: #AnInternetWeTrust.