Safer Internet Day 2022 is celebrated with the theme “All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online”.
From gaming and chat to streaming and video, young people are shaping the interactive entertainment spaces they are a part of. Safer Internet Day 2022 celebrates young people’s role in creating a safer Internet, whether that is whilst gaming and creating content, or interacting with their friends and peers.
Actions taking place right across the globe. This day calls upon all stakeholders to join together to make the Internet a safer and better place for all, especially for children and young people.
With a global, community-led approach, Safer Internet Day encourages everyone to come together and play their part.
There are many ways everyone can do this:
- Children and young people can help to create a better Internet by being kind and respectful to others online, by protecting their online reputations (and those of others), and by seeking out positive opportunities to create, engage and share online.
- Parents and carers play a crucial role in empowering and supporting children to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively, whether it is by ensuring an open dialogue with their children, educating them to use technology safely and positively, or by acting as digital role models.
- Teachers, educators, and social workers can help to create a better Internet by equipping their students with digital literacy skills and by developing their critical thinking skills, which will allow them to better navigate the online world. They can empower them to create their own content, make considered choices online, and can set a personal example of positive online behaviour for their students.
Many positive online content and services cover educational topics and can support homeschooling, homework, or even tutoring. Special encyclopedias for children, apps, games, and websites on science, language learning, or history offer children entertaining ways to tackle their school work.
Online videos are very popular with children and cover a huge variety of topics. While children enjoy online educational content in general, gamification can also make learning more effective. Children learn with less pressure and fear and, at the same time, creative skills are released. In addition, they tend to remember content better, as it is often conveyed much more vividly.
These days you can do almost anything on the Internet. You can play games, connect with friends, purchase that new outfit you didn’t think you needed but now know you do. It’s an extraordinary feeling to have an infinite amount of access to information and entertainment at your fingertips.
Today, we acknowledge these vast developments and the difficulties that may come with these changes by observing Safer Internet Day.
The Internet is a powerful tool with enormous opportunities for learning, enhancing skills, and acquiring new abilities and knowledge, as highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with opportunities come risks. The goal of Safer Internet Day is to raise awareness, while at the same time taking concrete actions to provide protection for and empowerment of children and young people online.
The digital world knows no borders, and we need everyone to join in and work with others in a way that ensures a better digital experience for all of us, especially younger users.
“We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain”. – Stephen Hawking
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