Together for a better internet
Safer Internet Day is the annual international event organised by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission*. It calls for nations across the globe to unite, with the aim of making the internet a better place for all and to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology, especially among children and young people. Each year is celebrated with a different theme and this year the focus is, ‘Together for a better internet’.
Safer Internet Day aims to create both a safer and better internet, where everyone is empowered to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. The campaign aims to reach out to children and young people, parents and carers, teachers, educators and social workers, as well as industry, decision makers and politicians, to encourage everyone to play their part in creating a better internet.
According Ofcom's annual study of their media use report, children in the UK aged 5-15 years now spend around 20 minutes more online, in a typical day, than they do in front of a TV set, that's just over two hours online, and a little under two hours watching TV. Furthermore, a recent national bullying survey conducted by BullyingUK, identified that 56% of young people have seen others being bullied online, with 42% saying they had themselves felt unsafe online.
Children and young people are some of the most vulnerable and at risk of exploitation online. We feel passionately that children and young people should be able to enjoy the internet and harness it’s benefits including: creativity, entertainment and learning, without the risk of harm. Therefore, we are initiating excellent training, carried out by our very own CEOP qualified staff member who also provides help and support to foster carers and social workers with whatever online questions they have. We also have a fantastic online portal available only to our foster carers, with videos and documents featuring everything related to online safety.
However, it is also important that children and young people know how to use the internet appropriately themselves. In aid of Safer Internet Day, we have collated a list of top tips for children to keep safe online and a fun online quiz.
During the Summer of 2019 an article was released from an interview with a young carer whose situation had become so desperate that she felt like there was no option but to ‘put herself into foster care’. At age 15, Laura Kinsley, spent nine months in foster care after not receiving adequate support. Read more here.
What can you do?
Safer internet Day encourages everyone to come together and play their part. There are many ways to do this
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We're always looking for foster carers from different cultural, religious and racial backgrounds, single people, couples (whether married or living together, with or without children). Together we can make a difference to children's lives.