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How are you supporting Safer Internet Day 2019?
2/5/2019 11:59:00 AM

Safer Internet Day is the perfect opportunity to promote safe online behaviour to students of all ages. It’s supported in 140 countries across the world and aims to raise awareness of everything from cyberbullying to social media – ensuring everyone can stay safe online. 

This year’s theme, “Together for a better internet” sees the founder of the day, the UK Safer Internet Centre, getting hundreds of organisations involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of technology.
Although simply a single awareness day, every year, its message reaches new ears – and more and more of them. In 2018, it was estimated that the concept of Safer Internet Day reached millions of people in the UK alone. For young people aged between eight and 17, hearing about this day for the first time was eye-opening and, afterwards, 80 per cent of those completing a survey reported that they felt more confident than before about what to do if they were worried about something online. In addition, 79 per cent said that they had learned about the issues of reporting and privacy for the first time – and 18 per cent said that they spoke to someone about an online issue that had been worrying them.
We know that many young people are routinely taught how to behave safely online from primary school upwards, but it’s easy to forget that many parents and guardians may not be totally internet savvy or up to date with the latest ways to use the internet safely. So, it’s good to know that last year’s Safer Internet Day reached more parents than ever before, with 30 per cent of parents of eight to 17-year-olds being aware of it. The main source of information was from their children’s school, but other sources included social media, traditional media and hearing about it in their workplaces. Of these people, 34 per cent said that they changed something about how they used the internet themselves too as a result of what they heard on the day – which shows that learning never stops! 
NetSupport is a strong advocate of keeping students safe online – and in our NetSupport DNA software, we produce an entire toolkit to help schools do that as effectively as possible. We’re always looking for new ways to help teachers respond to any online issues that may crop up with their students and so, coming very soon are two significant new features to help Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) do just that. Firstly, we have our contextual intelligence-based Risk Index that looks at a student’s context and history to apply a risk score to show how at-risk that student is at that moment; and secondly, a fully secure cloud-based Safeguarding Console to enable DSLs to view issues on their smartphones and respond to them quickly, even when they’re on the move.
To help highlight internet safety to younger students, as well as provide information on creating a safe online environment in schools, we’ve partnered with eCadets and GoBubble to produce some free resources for schools. Click here to download your free copy.
Further reading
UK Safer Internet SID 2018 report
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