Safer Internet Day 2017 was celebrated globally on Tuesday 7 February with the theme ‘Be the change: unite for a better internet’.
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of schools get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. 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.
Students gathered for Act of Worship and were spoken to during the morning for the message of Be the Change, with the help of some small pyrotechnics we thought about images we post on online; ‘Are they always appropriate? Do they reflect who you really are? Would you be happy for the world to see it?’ At Saint John Houghton we promote the idea that the internet is a fantastic tool but isn’t always used appropriately and there is a lot of inappropriate content online. To Be the Change, students should aim to tip that balance post positive messages to your friends, unite with groups to raise awareness, help to boost your own self-confidence and unite for a better internet.