31st January 2013
Safer Internet Day
Tech advances make the web more accessible to more people than ever before. But, while it’s even easier to pursue passions, save time and money or even start your own business, not everyone has the Basic Online Skills to stay safe online.
Alarmingly, recent research by web security giant ESET UK revealed that one in four parents lack the confidence to talk about internet safety, despite two-thirds believing that it’s chiefly their role to teach kids about it.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. Hundreds of organisations are supporting this year’s Safer Internet Day. Organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, its tenth anniversary takes place on Tuesday 5th February, with the theme 'Online Rights and Responsibilities’. Support is impressive; Disney’s running a 'safer internet' campaign with X Factor star Ella Henderson, and our Founder Partners back it too.
The BBC for example, is marking the day through its ‘Share Take Care’ campaign. Targeting younger children, teens and adults/parents, it’s produced a range of new ‘Share Take Care’ content and embeddable resources including music videos and films fronted by well-known BBC personalities, and an online ‘tagging’ game for Radio 1. All this and more will be available at available at bbc.co.uk/sharetakecare and supported by extensive editorial coverage across national, local and online BBC channels and programmes on Safer Internet Day itself.
The best bit? There are heaps of ways you can get involved too:
- Promote Safer Internet Day on your website, with banners and badges, films and social media suggestions at www.saferinternet.org.uk
- Tweet #SID2013 with what you’re up to
- Embed UK Safer Internet Centre’s brilliant Safer Internet Day clip
Internet safety underpins our Basic Online Skills model, and we’re calling on every organisation - in the private, public and voluntary sector – to sign up to the UK Digital Skills Charter, and make sure that everyone in the UK should have the Basic Online Skills to enjoy the full benefits of the web. See what you could do here.