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Safer Internet Day 2021

February 09, 2021


Today is Safer Internet Day 2021, and the theme is ‘An internet we trust – exploring reliability in the online world’.

Safer Internet Day (SID2021) aims to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively. This annual, global event is coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre. The celebration sees thousands of organisations get involved to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. SFCS is proud to be a supporter.

 

#AnInternetWeTrust

SID2021 will celebrate the amazing range of information and opportunities online, and its potential to inform, connect and inspire us, whilst also looking at how young people can separate fact from fiction.

The campaign focuses on how we can know what to trust online, supporting young people to question, challenge and change the online world. It will explore how influence, persuasion and manipulation can impact young people’s decisions, opinions and what they share online. SID2021 aims to give young people the skills to support one another, and the strategies to spot and speak out against harmful and misleading content online.

There are a range of resources available which can be used in schools but also by individuals at home:

  • This great quiz will test for 8-13 year olds on their online safety knowledge
  • A range of top tips have been compiled for both parents and children in all age groups
  • Three age-appropriate films have been made for children and parents to highlight the themes of SID2021

 

Online safety for adopted children

Although not related to the theme of the day, we always use Safer Internet Day to remind adoptive parents about what they can do to keep their children safe online. The internet is a fantastic resource, but it can pose particular risks for adopted children. Below are a few useful links which offer specific advice for adoptive parents and foster carers.

UK Safer Internet Centre
This link offers downloadable leaflets and FAQs for adopters and foster carers.

Think U Know
This article, Keeping adopted children safe online, includes a short film and a number of tips for adoptive parents.

Parent Info
Brought to you by CEOP and Parent Zone, this article offers advice for protecting adopted children from online risk.

 

We wish you all a safe and happy Safer Internet Day!


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