Safer Internet Day 2015

Safer Internet Day 2015 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 10th February with the slogan ‘Let’s create a better internet together’. 

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role that everyone has to play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Ultimately, a better internet is up to us!

At Mothers’ Union we have long been engaged in considering the online protection of children and young people. Our Bye Buy Childhood campaign was launched in 2010, highlighting our concerns that childhood has increasingly become a marketing opportunity; and that children are being targeted by and exposed to inappropriate sexualised media and marketing.

Speaking for Safer Internet Day, Reg Bailey CBE, Chief Executive of Mother’s Union said, “As we unite in creating a better internet together, I’m really pleased to see the important work that the UKSIC is doing to encourage and support parents and carers in engaging with internet safety and supporting their children, as well as the activities, tips and resources to help young people develop emotionalresilience and to make the most of the internet.” 

A new report Friendship in a Digital Age, launched today by Safer Internet Centre, (10th Feb 2015), shows that despite the fact that many young people do come across risks online, the majority (64%) feel able to cope with anything negative that might happen online, and 81% say they know what to do if someone is abusive towards them online. However, younger age groups are less resilient to risks online and need more support to ensure they are able to cope which negative experiences online, which they are exposed to at the same rate as older age groups.

In March 2015 Mothers’ Union will be launching the results of new research with parents in a new Bye Buy Childhood report, supported by an engagement pack for members to help equip parents, carers and grandparents to not only respond practically to the commercial pressures facing children and young people, but also with ideas to help members join in our campaigning work.

Our research shows that the evolving nature of technology sparks considerable concern among families, with many of those we spoke to making a strong link between commercialisation and technology and often understanding the two as intertwined. 

For more information on the activities taking place to celebrate Safer Internet Day, visit the UK Safer Internet Centre website.