Safer Internet Day 2021

To mark this year’s Safer Internet Day, the UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC) has released new research which shows young people’s experience of misleading content online and the strategies they are using to manage this.

Safer Internet Day education materials are available to help to promote safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

In support of Safer Internet Day, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, Vicky Ford, has said:

“As children are living in an increasingly digital world, it is vitally important that they are able to separate fact from fiction and challenge or question any misinformation they may come across.

“We are providing 1.3 million devices for children who need them the most because we know that the internet is an important vehicle for education during the pandemic, with extensive advice for schools on how to prioritise online safety.

“This year’s safer internet day is more important than ever. We want children to have access to the tools they need to navigate modern life, including how to identify disinformation and trusted sources, stay safe online, and make the right decisions when engaging with media content. We have already introduced guidance for schools about teaching online safety across the curriculum within new and existing subjects, such as Relationships, Sex and Health Education, Computing and Citizenship.”

Further information is available in our guidance on safeguarding and remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19) and teaching online safety in schools.