The annual UK Schools’ Online Safety Policy and Practice report looking at trends around online safety over the last year has been released. The report takes data from the 360 Degree Safe tool which covers schools and colleges in England, and analyses where their strengths and weaknesses lie when it comes to online safety.
Creating a safer connected world: Research and policy
Research and policy
Through the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) agenda, the European Commission (EC), Safer Internet Centres (SICs) and other stakeholders regularly engage with partners from the fields of research and policy to strengthen the evidence base on children and young people’s online safety and protect, promote and advance their rights in the digital environment. Read on to discover more.
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UK Safer Internet Centre (SIC) partners, South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL), are pleased to announce that the long-anticipated Knowledge Map feature for ProjectEVOLVE has now officially launched for school years 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 10. ProjectEVOLVE resources each of the 330 statements from UK Council for Internet Safety's (UKCIS) framework “Education for a Connected World” with perspectives; research; activities; outcomes; supporting resources and professional development materials.
The UK Safer Internet Centre (SIC) are delighted to announce that Safer Internet Day (SID) 2021 has received further recognition after being shortlisted for two prestigious awards. Safer Internet Day 2021 was the most successful ever, with more than half of UK children aged between 8 and 17 hearing about the day, while 38 per cent of UK parents and carers were also aware of the celebrations on 9 February 2021.
Susie Hargreaves OBE, Chief Executive of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre (SIC), looks back on the impact Safer Internet Day (SID) had, and looks forward to a safer internet in 2022.
Teenagers and adults in 18 countries said perceptions of online civility have deteriorated one year into the global pandemic, with respondents in Poland, Philippines, Italy, Germany and Hungary reporting the sharpest net-negative sentiment, new Microsoft research shows.
Report Harmful Content (RHC) recently launched their annual report for 2021, Through These Walls, analysing data between January 2020 -December 2020. Although there appears to be a worrying rise in reported cases, it is apparent there is improved public understanding of identifying and relating incidents to official bodies.
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