Today is Safer Internet Day 2011

Darren Allan

February 8, 2011

February 8th is Safer Internet Day in the UK, a campaign which aims to raise awareness of the potential dangers of the web when it comes to children going online.

This is the eighth year which Safer Internet Day has been running in 65 countries across the world, and the focus this year is online gaming.

Research has shown that the vast majority (86%) of youngsters aged 9 to 16 play games over the net, and the campaign wants to highlight the fact that online actions can potentially have offline consequences.

The organisers want kids to realise that while multiplayer gaming over the net can be fun, and can facilitate chatting to friends, it must also be remembered that Internet safety advice applies to games as well as surfing the web.

A pack has been put together for schools, containing teacher guidance, and a lesson plan along with classroom activities to get Internet safety points across.

Various activities are happening today, such as a 12 hour “interactive” radio programme, with net safety news on the hour, and a range of advice for young web users, along with a phone-in for parents.

If you want to find out more about all this, then head on over to the website here.


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