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January 2013 edition

This issue will focus on Safer Internet Day 2013 - 5 February as the big day is now approaching fast. Here you will find information about plans for the day and how you can get involved. 

We have also included more details from the sexting research we conducted with Plymouth University, with support from the NSPCC, around sexting as well as the latest research from EU Kids Online

Finally, we highlight the new esafety BOOST services we will be publishing.

What is Safer Internet Day?
SID 2013

Safer Internet Day (SID) is celebrated in nearly 100 countries around the world in February of each year. In Europe, 30 countries mark the day with support from the European Commission's Safer Internet Programme. SID is coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people.

Safer Internet Day 2013 - the tenth anniversary of Safer Internet Day - will take place on Tuesday 5 February, around the theme 'Online Rights and Responsibilities'  and under the slogan 'Connect with respect'. For the latest information about Safer Internet Day 2013 in the UK go to the UK Safer Internet Centre website.

Safer Internet Day 2013 highlights 
Young people's charter of 
10 top online rights and responsibilities

Many of you supported our 'Have your Say' survey where we asked young people to choose their top 10 online rights and responsibilities. We received an overwhelming 24,000 responses from both primary and secondary schools, and based on the results of the survey, we are developing a charter of "ten online rights and responsibilities". On the tenth anniversary of the day, 5th Feb 2013, we will deliver this statement of rights, with ten young people to a high profile politician in a high profile place. Look out for the charter on our website on the day as well on our social media channels - via Facebook www.facebook.com/saferinternetuk and Twitter @UK_SIC


SID 2013 internet radio 

For a third year running we will broadcast a marathon 12-hour live internet radio show dedicated to Safer Internet Day and the theme of online rights and responsibilities. 

We can now reveal that topics in the show will include bullying, digital literacy, online reputation, content sharing, reporting and so on. Each hour will have practical and useful information for children and young people, teachers and professionals as well as parents directly from experts, industry and service providers. Follow us on Twitter @SIDradio2013 for latest news and updates on the radio programme.


The UK Safer Internet Centre is asking schools and youth organisations to contribute to our Safer Internet Day Live Internet radio marathon! 

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We would love to hear from children and young people about their take on their rights and responsibilities on the Internet for Safer Internet Day 2013.

We are asking for your creative contributions  - they need to be no longer than 5 minutes and can be your own radio broadcast, dramas, discussions, songs, interviews, comedy clips, even jingles - anything you like - around the theme of Safer Internet Day. And there will be a prize for the best entry! More details and to listen live on the day go to www.saferinternetdaylive.com.


We are extending the deadline for your entries to 30 January to give schools and youth organisations  more time to participate. Entries should be emailed to radio@saferinternet.org.uk. The winning entry will be played on Safer Internet Day Live on 5th February to a worldwide Internet audience! 

SID school resource packs - 

primary and secondary



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We have put together a set of comprehensive school packs containing quick classroom activities, staff guidance, an assembly, posters and a detailed lesson plan to help you mark the day in school. You can download a primary or a secondary school pack here:


How you can take part
Register on our supporters page

Our supporters page for Safer Internet Day 2013 has just gone live and it is fantastic to see so many of you expressing their support already!


If you would like to appear on that page, simply fill in our form  to get your logo and 140 characters of text telling us about your plans for Safer Internet Day 2013.


Over 180 organisations, schools, companies and charities registered as supporters for SID 2012, and we would love to see more of you and your plans for 2013!

Show your support for SID on your website
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We have created a range of banners that you can use on your website. 
Or, if you prefer, this year we also have Safer Internet Day supporter badges that you can 'pin' to your website to show your support for the day. Links to these as well as the official Safer Internet Day video are in the Get Involved section of www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day


Ask our panel of experts
Do you want to know about Facebook's privacy settings, how to report content on YouTube or how is Club Penguin moderated?
Send us your questions for our panel of experts, and they will be answered during our Safer Internet Day radio programme on 5th February 2013.
Our experts from the Professionals Online Safety Helpline will also be around to answer any questions specifically by teachers, social workers, youth workers and the wider chidren's workforce around issues they or the young people they work with face online, such as professional reputation, bullying, or use of technology in schools or work places.
Email your questions before and on Safer Internet Day to radio@saferinternet.org.uk
Coming Soon! SWGfL BOOST 
- a brand new eSafety toolkit  

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SWGfL is about to release a brand new selection of online safety tools that equip a school to manage all aspects of online safety itself...all in one place.  

The toolkit includes:
  • Brand new Incident Response Tool
  • Brand new Anonymous Reporting Tool
  • Our presentations
  • Unlimited online tutor lead training
  • Brand new Reputation management alerts
  • Online Safety emergency and crisis support

SWGfL schools will be able to test this toolkit through a free trial.

SWGfL BOOST will arrive in February for you to try - keep an eye on the SWGfL website www.swgfl.org.uk.
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New Research into 'sexting'


Plymouth University

A new study conducted by UK Safer Internet Centre and Plymouth University, supported by the NSPCC draws new conclusions and trends in relation to 'sexting' amongst teenagers.  Building on the NSPCC research (May 2012) that explored sexting (the digital production and distribution of self generated explicit content), this qualitative study engaged with 120, 13-14 year olds and 30, 10-11 year olds.  The study concluded that

  • Sexting is considered almost routine for many 13-14 year olds
  • Young people unwilling to turn to adults for help due to fear of being judged
  • Young people think that issues around sexualised online content (both pornography and self generated content) should be discussed in school
  • Research shows younger children (10-11 years old) are highly unlikely to be exposed to sexualised content


Speaking about the study, its author Professor Andy Phippen at Plymouth University, said "We have worked with 8 schools across the South West to better understand the issues and influences around sexting and have spoken to 150 young people in detail. What is clear from this work is the sexting is almost "routine" in the lives of many 14 year olds and it is something they address with their friends. They are highly unlikely to turn to an adult for fear of being "judged". However, what is also clear is that they are willing to talk about these issues if done in a supportive and sensitive manner and it is something all the young people we spoke to felt should be addressed in school".


Concluding, David Wright, Director of UK Safer Internet Centre (SWGfL) said "Technology and the internet offer amazing opportunities but in some aspects have contrasting issues and threats; issues that can have devastating consequences, especially for our children and young people. 


Whilst illustrating the latest attitudes amongst children, the study also has some clear messages for schools; that children want the opportunity to discuss these subjects but at the same time wouldn't report an issue to their teacher.  Clearly there is much work to do, although the UK Safer Internet Centres new sexting resources (October 2012) for schools and children can help inform and support in such situations".


The full report can be found here


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