Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day 2024

Safer Internet Day is the UK’s biggest celebration of online safety.

Tuesday 6 February is the annual Safer Internet Day and Oxfordshire FA is right behind the goal to raise awareness of a safer and better internet for all, especially children and young people.

Alongside The FA, we’re promoting three key messages within football:

1. Children/young people: Be kind, respectful and protect your online presence/activity.

2. Parents/carers: Support your child(ren) to use technology responsibly and respectfully, whether via open dialogue, educating or explaining your own use of the internet as a role model.  

3. Everyone: Be kind and respectful to others, respond to the negative by reporting inappropriate or illegal content and behaviour online.

We are asking parents/carers to:

  • Encourage conversations about online safety with your child(ren).
  • Review/discuss your child(ren)’s privacy settings.
  • Check that your child(ren) know how to report concerns they may have.
  • Ensure you know your club’s social media protocol(s).
  • Check out the Safer Internet Day parents/carers’ resources – they cover a wide range of topics and are age-related so ideal to support conversations with your child(ren) e.g., setting up parental controls, AI, awareness of grooming, safety on TikTok/Instagram, parent/carer top tips and more.

Clubs/leagues are encouraged to support Safer Internet Day 2024 by:

  • Communicating your support for SID 2024 on your website/social media channels. 
  • Re-sharing your social media protocol(s) with all parents/carers.
  • Ensuring your reporting process for online concerns is clear and visible.
  • Pledging your support for Safer Internet Day 2024 on the Safer Internet Day website here

As part of joint ongoing commitment to safeguarding across every environment within football, The FA has produced a range of guidance notes related to online safety. They’re listed below and are available here as part of our complete suite of safeguarding guidance notes:

  • 6.1: Running website or social media platforms (for clubs and leagues).
  • 6.2: Digital communications and children (for all).
  • 6.3: Staying safe in the digital world (for teenagers).
  • 7.4: Fake news – what to trust online (for all).
  • 8.5: Tips to ensure your child’s online safety (for parents/carers).
  • 8.6: Grooming – the signs and steps to take if you’re worried about a child (for parents/carers).

Please also visit the Safeguarding in the digital world section on The FA’s website to find links to expert organisations (e.g. the NSPCC) to read about a range of online issues more widely. Advice targeted at parents/carers or teachers and professionals supporting children and young people online is also really useful for coaches/managers, officials and first-aiders – please take some time to find out more.