Safer Internet Day 2018; Free Activity Pack

Create, Connect and Share Respect: A Better Internet Starts with You

Activities to promote online safety with young people aged 11-19

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A 2016 survey by Opinium found that on average, UK children have a phone by the age of seven, an iPad by eight, and a smart phone by the age of ten giving them almost unlimited online access and the ability to communicate around the globe. Additionally social media platforms are an influential part of contemporary culture, providing an essential tool for learning and communication and a virtual space to form personal identity and independence.

But, alongside all of the benefits, there is a concerning darker side to the digital revolution. Whilst being online can be empowering, 20% of children aged between 10 and 18 say they have experienced online bullying or trolling, rising to almost 60% amongst 16-18 year olds. This includes the misuse of popular social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

One certainty is that digital media is not going to go away, which is why it is so important to teach young people how to use it safely and respectfully. This pack contains a selection of activities to support this. Designed for practitioners working with young people aged 11-19, it celebrates Safer Internet Day 2018 by promoting good ‘netiquette[2]’ and safer digital citizenship for all.

Source: Vanessa Rodgers – www.vanessarogers.co.uk