Safer Internet Day

07 February 2017

Ofcom has put together an informative and fun worksheet to help parents and teachers talk to children about staying safe online.

Created in collaboration with Childnet, the worksheet focuses on when and how children go online, and what they see when they do.

It has been created as part of today’s Safer Internet Day, which explores the power and influence of images and videos in young people’s digital lives.

Online images

Research launched to mark today’s event reveals that the vast majority (84%) of 8-17-year-olds have shared a photo online. Many are using the power of image to make a difference, with 4 in 5 young people (80%) admitting they’ve been inspired to take positive action by an online image or video.

However, not all their experiences are positive. More than 1 in 5 (22%) have been bullied with images or videos online and 70% have seen images and videos not suitable for their age.

Almost half (45%) of 13-17-year-olds have also seen nude or nearly nude photos of someone they know being shared around their school or local community.

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally every February to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, hundreds of organisations are supporting this year’s event including Ofcom.

You can find out more about this year’s event – as well as how to get involved - by visiting the Safer Internet Day website.