Safer Internet Day 2018 bigger than ever as millions take part in global celebration
- UK Safer Internet Centre
Following Safer Internet Day 2018, we've heard from a number of SID Committees on how they marked the day. Here, Will Gardner, Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre, reflects on the huge success of Safer Internet Day 2018.
Yesterday saw the celebration of Safer Internet Day across the world in over 140 countries. As organisers of the day here in the UK it was absolutely incredible to see the range and variety of activities that took place right across the country.
The theme for this year's Safer Internet Day was ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you'. The campaign saw so many come together to help inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. Over 1700 organisations across the UK delivered activities for the day, including schools, police forces, government, companies, football clubs, charities and others – more than ever before.
The day began with #SID2018 trending as the Thunderclap went out, having a social reach of over nine million people. The Twitter custom emoji for the #SID2018 hashtag and the Snapchat filter were fantastic ways to celebrate the day. Celebrities such as Diana Award Ambassador James McVey of The Vamps also pledged their support, while young people, organisations and others shared their #ItStartsWithUs pledges, showcasing how they were playing their part in building a better internet.
In the weeks leading up and on the day itself, our educational resources have been downloaded and used in schools across the country as well as the films on SID TV being viewed and our quiz being played. The message at the heart of all of these resources was about promoting healthy relationships online by developing children's digital empathy and inspiring kindness and respect.
Young people's experiences highlighted across the UK
To us at the Safer Internet Centre, it's clear that young people's experiences have to be at the forefront of how we work together to achieve a more respectful, kinder internet for children and young people.
Our new research, ‘Digital Friendships: the role of technology in young people's lives' found that the majority of young people's time online is positive, with 88% of young people aged 8-17 saying they had sent a kind message to a friend who was feeling sad or upset. However we also saw that some young people are having a negative time, with almost half (49%) of young people saying someone had been mean to them online in the last year. The report shows the nuances and complexities of navigating friendships in a digital world and that we have to listen to young people if we are to effectively support them. Safer Internet Day was a perfect moment for us to do just that.
Young people met Government officials and the UK Safer Internet Centre at events in all four nations of the UK, giving young people the opportunity to speak to key policymakers, industry and wider about their online experiences and what they want for their future.
- In London, England: Minister for Digital, Margot James, met young people ahead of their afternoon event at the BT Centre hosted and led by over 50 young people and attended by 100 policymakers and guests.
- In Cardiff, Wales: Kirsty Williams, Cabinet Secretary for Education, awarded the winners of the Safer Internet Day creative competition for Welsh children and young people
- In Edinburgh, Scotland: In Holy Rood RC High School, Maree Todd, the Minister for Childcare and Early Years met young people and discussed their online lives.
- In Antrim, Northern Ireland: The UK Safer Internet Centre joined the Education Authority's livestreamed event featuring the children and young people who had created the winning entries in their online safety video competition.
Safer Internet Day in the media
Safer Internet Day was profiled on national TV and radio, including The One Show, BBC Breakfast, Sky News Sunrise, BBC Radio 4 You and Yours, BBC 5 Live, as well as regional radio and TV, and a range of articles including The Guardian, The Independent, Huffington Post, The Times, Mail Online and The Sun.
The Impact of Safer Internet Day
We know that Safer Internet Day can have a hugely positive impact. As a result of the collective action last year we reached 42% of UK children and 23% of UK parents, with the majority going on to speak their families about staying safe online and feeling more confident about what to do about any worries online.
As we compile the numbers, it's too early to say how many we have reached this year, but we do know that together we will have achieved a real difference to the digital lives of children right across the UK.
From the many conversations, activities and events that have been taking place, it's clear that the day was such a success because of the collaborative efforts of everyone who came together to help create a better internet.
Creating a respectful and positive internet for children and young people is essential and we hope that the momentum of Safer Internet Day will help us in our collaboration to make this happen. Thank you to everyone for taking part and helping to make a better internet.
- UK Safer Internet Centre
The UK marked Safer Internet Day 2018 by mobilising people across the country to "Create, connect and share respect" and explore how a better internet starts with each and every one of us. The message at the heart of this year's UK campaign was about promoting healthy relationships online by developing children's digital empathy and inspiring kindness and respect.
- Finnish Safer Internet Centre
Safer Internet Day (SID) was celebrated all over the world on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 under the theme: "Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you". Here, the Finnish Safer Internet Centre provides an overview of its activities in support of the campaign.
- Romanian Safer Internet Centre
Safer Internet Day (SID) was celebrated on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 right across the globe. With a theme of "Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you", the day called upon all stakeholders to join together to make the internet a safer and better place for all, and especially for children and young people. Find out how the Romanian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) marked the day.
- Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre
Following Safer Internet Day 2018, we've heard from a number of SID Committees on how they marked the day. In Bulgaria, more than 50 people, including children and teenagers from fifth to twelft grades, teachers, representatives of various institutions and organizations, gathered at the Museum of Science "Muzeiko" in Sofia on 6 of February to mark the 15th edition of Safer Internet Day.
- BIK Team
To coincide with this year's Safer Internet Day celebrations on Tuesday, 6 February 2018, a new edition of the Online Safety MOOC (massive open online course) for teachers, ICT administrators and school counsellors will launch on the European Schoolnet Academy portal, developed in collaboration with the Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres.
- BIK Team
As every year, we celebrate Safer Internet Day (SID) on the second day of the second week of the second month of the year! SID 2018 takes place today, 6 February 2018 under the theme of "Create, connect and share respect: a better internet starts with you"!