Safer Internet Day for 2017 is Tuesday 7th February.
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Safer Internet Day has become a significant event in the online safety calendar.
Starting in 2004, It has grown beyond its traditional geographic zone and is now celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide.
From cyberbullying to social networking, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and chooses a topic reflecting current concerns. For 2017 that is the explosion of image and video sharing thanks to the continued dominance of the likes of Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. This is to look at the power of photographs through the impact they have. There are various photographic projects specified – each with a learning aspect to it.
The UK Safer Internet Centre has a website at www.saferinternet.org.uk and its aim is to make the Internet a safer place for everyone but they do concentrate on children and young people who are generally the most vulnerable.
They are a partnership between Childnet International, Internet Watch Foundation and South West Grid for Learning. It is part-funded by the European Union.
Their job is to promote safer us of the Internet and they have created Education Packs and complementary TV films tailored for 5 to 7 year olds, 7-11s, 11-14s, 14-18s and parents and carers.
These free packs include lesson plans, posters, presentations, activities and more!
There are also events to mark the day, including at Bletchley Park , the site of the famous code breakers in World War II and the construction of one of the first computers in the world. A series of talks are being held at the site plus exhibition on cybersecurity will allow people to enjoy interactive and audio experiences that draws a link between the efforts of the codebreakers in WW2 and the modern-day need to stay safe online.
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