Today is Safer Internet Day, and this year's theme is "All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online".
Now more than ever, it's so important that we understand the complexities of the digital world, and the part we can play to keep ourselves and others safe online. With the pandemic keeping us at home over the last couple of years, there has been a significant rise in the number of young people building a social network online, through either online gaming or social apps.
In a recent study by the UK Safer Internet Centre, they found some substantial benefits to young people's gaming habits online. 58% of the young people surveyed said playing games online changes their mood positively, 59% say it makes them feel good about themselves and 71% of young people who play online games say doing so makes them feel relaxed and happy. The cooperation aspect of game play also had a positive impact, aswell as taking away from anxieties or low feelings. Games have been a great distraction for our young people.
Unfortunately, these things come with the danger of unwanted interaction, cyberbullying or exposure to inappropriate materials.
Safer Internet Day is about bringing this to light, talking about ways to keep ourselves and others safe online, and equipping parents/carers and young people with the tools they need to manage internet usage safely.
- Advice for parents and carers
- Top tips for under 11s
- Advice for young people with SEND
- Advice for 11-18s
- Quiz for 7-11s
- Quiz for 14-18s