Safer Internet Day 2021 - Advice for Parents | Internet Matters

Safer Internet Day – 9th February 2021

Coordinated by UK Safer Internet Centre, Safer Internet Day offers a great opportunity to come together to empower young people to create #AnInternetWeTrust.

You’ll find advice and resources below to help young people explore the reliability of their online world and the best ways to spot and speak out against harmful and misleading content online.

Helping young people develop online critical thinking

This Safer Internet Day we’d like to encourage all parents, carers and educational professionals to get involved in the day to give children and young people the support they need to build their critical thinking online.

While the digital world offers a range of information and opportunities for young people, it’s also become harder to separate fact from fiction. As children are spending more time online constantly making decisions of what to trust, it’s now more important than ever for them know how influence, persuasion and manipulation can impact their decisions, opinions and what they share online.

Safer Internet Day video showcasing children thoughts on what to trust online
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join us on safe internet day the 9th of
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February 2021
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how do you know what to trust online
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well I would always check where it came
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from and
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who made it if something seems too good
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to be true
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then normally it is hands up then tell
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me something you have to think about or
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you can't always trust
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what do you think fake news false
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information spread on purpose as
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news and shared by traditional news
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media or online social media
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what can parents and carers do to help
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with trust online
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I think parents could make sure all of
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the apps are safe for you to go on
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and there's no harmful behaviour and
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research
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and find out about the app
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how does it make you feel when you see
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false information it makes me feel a
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little bit stupid
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and sad and a bit angry as well
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annoyed well it makes me feel kind of
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kind of confused how can what you
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experience
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online affect you and others well first
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it's the proof um if you
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don't know what's true and what's fake
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then it can affect your mental life or
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your physical life
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Online Critical Thinking guide

We have created a comprehensive guide with 10 top tips for parents and carers on what to talk about and practical things to do to help children and young people create #AnInternetWeTrust.

Fake news and misinformation resources

Resources from UK Safer Internet Centre to support children

Parent and Carer pack

See the parent and carer Safer Internet Day resource pack filled with activities, conversation starters to get involved this Safer Internet Day.

See resources

Education professional pack

If you work with children, UKSIC has a range of impactful activities for Safer Internet Day featuring films, lesson plans, assemblies and more.

See resources

Resources and advice from our partners to support your child

BT - Skills for tomorrow

Offering families new training, resources, and activities to help build their digital skills.

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Sky - Safer for kids

Use Sky’s range of practical safety tools designed to help parents keep their children safe online.

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TalkTalk - Supporting families online

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Virgin - Family safety features

See how Virgin family safety features can support children online.

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BBC Own It App

See how BBC Own it App can help children have a positive online experience.

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Google - Safety tools for families

See a range of Google safety tools to help all the family develop good online habits.

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TikTok - Safety features

Learn more about the range of safety features on the app.

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Samsung - Family safety settings

Get children set up safe on a range of Samsung products.

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