In North Lanarkshire the child protection committee, are getting involved in Safer Internet Day on 6th February.
For Safer Internet Day today, celebrations across the UK are focusing on online issues that matter to young people, including:
- the changes they see online
- new and emerging technology
- managing influence
Technology has the power to change all our lives. Let’s celebrate all the amazing ways technology is shaping the world we live in, whilst also working together to ensure children and young people can stay safe in an ever changing online world.
By having fun, working together, and engaging with the online issues young people care about the most, we can all create a safer internet for the future.
2. Establish a safe space.
The online world can change how we think, feel and act – positively and people to learn and talk about potentially sensitive topics. For ideas visit here.
3. Be ready to respond to safeguarding concerns.
While discussing their online lives, it is possible that children and young people will raise concerns about things they have experienced online. Make sure you are up to date with your school or setting’s safeguarding procedures and, for further advice, visit here.
4. Know where to get more information or help.
Remember that there’s plenty of help and advice available if you need more information about anything online safety related.
The UK Safer Internet Centre’s ‘Need Help? page contains further information on reporting specific concerns to organisations outside of your school/setting saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/need-help
The Professionals Online Safety Helpline is a free helpline offering advice and support to all members of the children’s workforce on any online safety issues.
5. Kickstart conversations that last all year round
The online world is changing all the time, but talking with young people about their online experiences can help you understand what’s going on. Kickstart the conversation today but make it a regular habit all year round.
You can access top tips on how to keep yourself, or your child, safe online by visiting Homepage – UK Safer Internet Centre.
To understand some young peoples views about the benefits and challenges of using social media please watch this short video.