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Want to talk about about it? – Digital Leaders responses to the Safer Internet Day module

Published: 20th April 2023

This year, Safer Internet Day took place on 7th of February. Childnet, who are a partner in the UK Safer Internet Centre, organised this day in the UK. Well done to all the Digital Leaders who completed the Safer Internet Day module on the platform and thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas about how to make the internet a safer and better place for everyone.

We asked Secondary Digital Leaders what the most important online issue for young people online is with some of the feedback below:

Below is a graph based on feedback from the Primary School Digital Leaders on what the most important issue is for young people:

Here are some thoughts Secondary Digital Leaders had about chatrooms and the risks they present:

It’s important that children and young people as well as adults share any concerns they might have about being online with others, so together we can  resolve these situations. The aim of the Digital Leaders Programme is to help children and young people know how to respond to different situations when arise.

The theme of this year’s Safer Internet Day 2023 was ‘Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online’. We hope everyone took this as a chance to talk to friends, classmates and family members about what it means to be online and how to be safe.

Here are some examples Secondary and Primary school Leaders gave of how talking about our online lives is beneficial:

It was great to hear how Digital Leaders planned to celebrate Safer Internet Day this year. A lot of leaders planned assemblies and talks about online safety.

Below are some examples of the creative things that were organised for the day from Secondary & Primary:

We love to hear about the ways young people enjoy life online: a lot enjoy gaming with friends, being creative, dancing and making art. It’s clear that being online can be a positive and enjoyable experience. However, sometimes things happen that can upset us or make us feel uncomfortable. If this happens, it’s important that we talk to others about what we’re experiencing. A problem shared is a problem halved!