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Safer Internet Day – unite for a better internet!

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Safer Internet Day – unite for a better internet!

31st January 2017



Safer Internet Day 2017 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 7th February, with the slogan ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

Digital Communities Wales is among those organisations supporting Safer Internet Day. We are running a handful of training sessions around Wales, including a webinar, which are for those who work with 16-25 year-olds, to help them be safer online.

‘Helping young adults to safely explore the digital landscape’ is a special ½ day training session which aims to help share best practice as part of Safer Internet Day. This session will support people in their work with young adults (16-25). The sessions will help people:

• Learn to confidently build young people’s digital skills.
• Discover resources, apps and websites you can use to negotiate the online world collaboratively, safely and mindfully.
• Gain the confidence to support others to get online.

All of our sessions are interactive and participatory. These particular sessions are aimed at anyone working with young adults. For example, Careers Advisors, Job Centre Work Coaches, Youth Workers, Young Adult Carer Workers, college support staff, youth homeless workers, Care Leaver workers and volunteers. The sessions are taking place in Milford Haven, Bangor, Caerphilly, Mold and Bridgend.

On a national level, the UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at www.saferinternetday.org.uk.

Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.

As a result of collective action Safer Internet Day 2016 reached 2.8 million children and 2.5 million parents!

We hope that you will join with us, and Safer Internet Day supporters across the globe, today to be the change and unite for a better internet!

Follow the conversation and join in on Twitter with the hashtag #SID2017.

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