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BCHC backs Safer Internet Day

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Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust is backing a citywide drive to protect children and young people when they go online, as part of international Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, 11 February.

The theme of the day is ‘let's create a better internet together’ and offers an opportunity to focus on both the creative things that children and young people are doing online, as well as the role and responsibility that parents, schools and all other stakeholders have in helping to create a better, safer internet.

A citywide cyber-safety publicity campaign will be launched in Birmingham on 11 February as part of events to promote safe internet use and raise awareness of the resources and support available.

Now in its 11th year, Safer Internet Day aims to inspire the safe, responsible and creative use of technology. Safer Internet Day is organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre to promote safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for children and young people.

Clare Edwards, Birmingham Community Healthcare’s head of service for safeguarding children, said: “Teaching all of our children how to stay safe online is essential to their physical and emotional well being and just as important as anything else we do to keep them safe in and outside the home.

“Children and young people have an illusion of safety around them when they first start using social media as it happens within the apparent safety of their home environment.

“The tragic cases we have seen where young people have suffered the consequences of internet abuse gives a strong message to all parents that there is a need to know who your child is talking to and what conversations are distressing to them, just as you would if the person was in face-to-face contact.

“Parents should exercise the same level of caution when allowing a child to press the 'on’ switch of a computer, tablet or smartphone as they do when the front door bell rings. Our interest and concern should be the same as if a stranger were at our door.”

This year’s Safer Internet Day aims to highlight the shared responsibility that everyone has in making the internet a safer and better place. For young people, Safer Internet Day is a chance to celebrate being kind and creative online, while educators, parents and other professionals can help young people become equipped with the digital literacy skills required for today’s world.

UK Safer Internet Centre director Will Gardner said: “This Safer Internet Day looks set to be the biggest one yet - the fantastic range of supporters really reflects how widespread and important this issue is, and we are delighted to see such collaborations where schools, civil society, public and private sectors are all championing the same cause.

“Safer Internet Day is a time to celebrate the great work that everyone across the UK is doing to create a better internet together.”

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Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC) in February each year to promote the safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for children and young people. 

The UKSIC provides Safer Internet Day specific resources and support for children and young people, parents and carers as well as teachers and school staff and facilitates a wide range of organisations to join together to amplify the safer internet message. 

The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading charitable organisations, Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) and the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).