SAFER INTERNET DAY 2023 AND ONLINE SAFETY FOR CHILDREN
Earlier this week in the House of Commons, I again met with UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC) to celebrate and reflect on the 20th year of Safer Internet Day. This day has grown in significance since its inception in 2004 and is marked in 180 countries across the world, promoting the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people in an increasingly digital world.
This year’s theme is “Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online.”
New research by the UKSIC reveals that children and young people are keen to engage with their parents about their online lives. 57% of children believe they can play a role in educating their parents and carers about life online as research also revealed that many parents (36%) are unsure of where to turn should they need support.
I applaud the work undertaken by the UK Safer Internet Centre in making sure children and young people are safe online.
Safer Internet Day engages children and young people across the UK to encourage them to have a conversation about their online safety. The UK Safer Internet Centre provides lots of information and advice to parents, carers, schools and children about online safety, and I encourage everyone to check out the support provided.
The UK Government needs to put children at the heart of the new Online Safety Bill, by empowering them, giving them a voice and progressing with this vital legislation as soon as is practicably possible.
Anyone who is concerned about online safety should visit Safer Internet Day 2023 - https://saferinternet.org.uk/reso.../safer-internet-day-2023