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Safer Internet Day 2022

About Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people, and to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively. The theme for Safer Internet Day 2022 is ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’. From gaming and chat, to streaming and video, young people are shaping the interactive entertainment spaces they are a part of. Safer Internet Day 2022 celebrates young people’s role in creating a safer internet, whether that is whilst gaming, or interacting with their friends and peers.

What will my child be doing in school?

This year, Safer Internet day is during the same week as Children's Mental Health Week (week commencing 7.2.22). The focus of Children's Mental Health Week this year is 'Growing Together' and children will learn about growing emotionally and finding ways to help each other grow. This theme links with the Safer Internet day, which is all about respectful relationships. 

There is an assembly on the theme 'Growing Together' and, over the week, children will engage in yoga, relaxation exercises, singing, making music, an outdoor activity and a PSHE lesson with a focus on ‘Growing Together’. Teachers will encourage children to think about how these activities make them feel and how they support positive mental health and how they can support each other.

In their computing lessons, the focus will be online safety whilst playing games online. The children will be encouraged to think about how they can be respectful online and ways in which they can stay safe online, including what to do if someone upsets them. The children will also listen to their teachers reading online safety stories. 

How can parents support their children?

Ensuring children stay safe in the online world can be a daunting task for children. However, there are lots of simple things you can do to help promote positive, safe online activity. We have created a presentation for parents linked to this year's Safer Internet day theme ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’, which includes ideas for parents to engage with conversations about online activity with their child and some top tips. Please click on the attachments to access the Powerpoint presentation (or PDF if you are unable to access Powerpoint as well as some other resources linked to Safer Internet day 2022. In addition, we have a range of advice and links to websites to support parents on our online safety page