We're backing Safer Internet Day 2022
SAFER INTERNET DAY IS CELEBRATED EACH YEAR TO PROMOTE SAFE USE OF TECHNOLOGY FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
This theme for 2022's Safer Internet Day on February 8 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 and creating content, or interacting with their friends and peers.
Oxfordshire FA's Education, Safeguarding & Referee Support Manager, Nigel Saverton, explained why we are backing Safer Internet Day:
“Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues such from cyberbullying to social networking to digital identity,” he said.
“Given what a big part social media plays in all our lives, and especially that of our young people, Oxfordshire FA is supporting Safer Internet Day 2022.
"Research shows that 77 per cent of young people have spent more time playing online games and apps during the pandemic than ever before. In the lead up to the day, we will be sharing various links and interactive activities, which we hope will provide helpful advice for young people and lead them to become much safer in their everyday use of the internet.
"We also encourage all family members to take part and support this important day in keeping young people internet safe."
You can download the social media pack for ideas on how to spread the message about Safer Internet Day to your clubs and teammates.
Leagues and clubs are invited to use the Safer Internet Centre’s images, logos and sample tweet to help get as many people involved as possible. Remember to use the hashtag #SaferInternetDay and tag in @UK_SIC
To register as a Safer Internet Day 2022 supporter, please CLICK HERE
The FA has a range of useful resources, which can be found on their Safeguarding in the Digital World page.
The UK Safer Internet Centre also has some great tips for keeping young people safe online with specialist advice for under 11s and 11 to 18-year-olds.