Celebrating Online Security On Safer Internet Day 2017

By Sam Thomas | 7th February 2017 | 3 min read

Today sees over 100 countries take part in Safer Internet Day, an initiative to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology.

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Celebrated globally since its inception back in 2011, Safer Internet Day has now evolved to become a key campaign in the journey for safer internet usage amongst young people.

Will Gardner, a Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre and CEO of Childnet, said about the day:

“It is fair to say that in 2017 the internet is powered by images and videos. This can magnify the risks and pressures that young people face, while also offering fun new opportunities for self-expression and creativity.

“Today’s findings remind us that with an ever-changing landscape, it is more important than ever to equip young people with the skills, knowledge, confidence and resilience to communicate using images and videos responsibly and positively.

“This Safer Internet Day young people around the UK are uniting to inspire a better internet. We need to harness this enthusiasm and empower them to ‘Be the Change’ and use the power of image to help create a better internet.”

Minister for Online Safety, Tracey Crouch, said:

“The internet has provided young people with some amazing opportunities, but one of our top priorities is protecting them from risks they might face online. The UK is a world leader in internet safety, and measures in our Digital Economy Bill will be instrumental in better protecting children from harmful content. But there is still more to do, and Safer Internet Day is a fantastic reminder that we all have a part to play in making the online world a safer place for our children to discover, explore and enjoy."

Safe Internet Usage – Not Just for Children

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