This week, our CEO Julian David wrote to all techUK members, encouraging them to support Safer Internet Day, to help make 2017 its most successful year ever.
Safer Internet Day is a global celebration of the safe and positive use of technology. Last year, the event was supported by 1,140 organisations, collectively reaching 2.8 million of UK children and young people.
We're proud as techUK to support Safer Internet Day 2017 by championing its aims and messages to our members and stakeholders across the UK.
Safer Internet Day 2017 (#SID2017) takes place on Tuesday 07 February 2017, encouraging everyone to "Be the change: unite for a better internet". It is co-ordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, and it is celebrated globally in over 100 countries.
Technology presents many opportunities and challenges for young people growing up today. Safer Internet Day will address both positives and negatives, by highlighting the opportunities for young people presented by technology, while giving them the resilience, critical thinking, knowledge and support they need to navigate online risks.
Supporting the day can be as easy as promoting and raising awareness through the #SID2017 social media campaign, but many organisations run events, send out newsletters, create resources, and much more. This is your opportunity to join together with young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, and policymakers to help to unite for a better internet now and for the future.
Companies including Virgin Media, Yahoo!, BT, Facebook, Instagram, and Internet Matters are supporting the day. Manchester United FC, Chelsea FC Academy and hundreds of schools and youth groups are also involved. You can see here the current list of supporters and activities which will take place across the UK.
The UK Safer Internet Centre ensures all supporters have the resources and information they need to get involved in the day, so if you are interested in taking part, all the key information for 2017 is at https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2017.
We hope your organisation will be able to support Safer Internet Day 2017 and together we can help improve the experiences of children online.