Safer Internet Day 2018

East Sussex Local Safeguarding Children Board is proud to be supporting Safer Internet Day 2018 (6 February 2018). The day will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 6th February with the slogan ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect: a better internet starts with you.’

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. There are many ways to do this:

  • Children and young people can help to create a better internet by being kind and respectful to others online, by protecting their online reputations (and those of others), and by seeking out positive opportunities to create, engage and share online.
  • Parents and carers play a crucial role in empowering and supporting children to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively, whether it is by ensuring an open dialogue with their children, educating them to use technology safely and positively, or by acting as digital role models.
  • Teachers, educators and social workers can help to create a better internet by equipping their pupils and students with digital literacy skills and by developing their critical thinking skills, which will allow them to better navigate the online world. They can empower them to create their own content, make positive choices online and can set a personal example of online behaviour for their pupils and students.

The LSCB want to support a culture of working in which children and young people, parents and carers, and professionals can thrive to do the above. For the last three years the LSCB, and partner agencies, has included Online Safety as one of its key priorities. For example, we have supported the development of resources for schools to deliver online safety messages, created training opportunities for professionals and we have signposted parents and carers to information and sources of support.

Everyone has a responsibility to make a positive difference online. We can all promote being kind and respectful to others and seeking out positive opportunities to create and connect. We can all respond to the negative by reporting any inappropriate or illegal content.