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Safer Internet Day strives to highlight online dangers to youths

Tim Gibbon (Social Media Portal (SMP)) - 05 February 2013

Safer Internet Day strives to highlight online dangers to youths


UK Safer Internet Centre releases ?Have Your Say? research for Safer Internet Day (SID) highlighting online dangers to young people

The UK Safer Internet Centre has released its ?Have Your Say? research marking the 10th anniversary of Safer Internet Day.  

The survey asked 24,000 primary (7-11 years old) and secondary school (11-19 years old) children what they enjoy about the internet and what concerns them online.  Over a third (34%) of young people surveyed said that they?ve had contact with content that upsets or worries them and support the call for the right to feel safe online.

UK Safer Internet Centre Safer Internet logoSafer Internet Day 2013 focuses on the theme ?Connect with Respect?, a collaboration of high profile partners hosting free events and providing free resources and programmes, both on and offline.

Will Gardner, the chief spokesperson for the UK Safer Internet Centre explains, ?In our research young people clearly stated that they should have the right to feel safe online and they also recognise they have a responsibility in helping themselves and others be safe online, whether that's behaving kindly towards others or helping friends who are experiencing problems.?

The press release at SID highlights 10 key findings that the authors unearthed - providing collective like-minded stakeholders including educators, families and the internet industry with clear guidelines to protect the rights of young people in digital environments.

Children that contributed to the survey will be presenting the findings to stakeholders and partners at the Safer Internet Day celebration today.   

The UK Safer Internet Centre has created online resources for teachers, parents and carers available for free for SID at its website; including Connect with Respect Quiz, Safer Internet Radio and Conversation starters.

Read the full press release at the UK Safer Internet Centre website.

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