Hundreds of schools, youth groups, companies, charities, police services and other organisations united for a better internet on Safer Internet Day (7 February 2017). Vodafone was proud to support this important initiative once again.

Safer Internet Day (#SID2017) is an annual celebration of the positive use of technology; a powerful way of raising awareness about online safety around the world. In 2016, it reached 2.8 million children and 2.5 million parents in the UK alone.

Here at Vodafone, we’re committed to helping young people become more confident and resilient online. Safer Internet Day got us thinking about what we’ve achieved recently, including:

 

Launching a suite of #BeStrong emojis

Available for free download on the App Store, the Vodafone #BeStrong emoji keyboard app helps young people to convey compassion and support to friends who are being bullied online. The Vodafone Foundation also made donations to anti-bullying charities in return for views, shares and likes of the emojis.

Providing one million free copies of Digital Parenting magazine

Issue 5 of Vodafone’s Digital Parenting magazine proved as popular as ever – more than 100,000 copies were pre-ordered within the first hour and a second print run is now taking place. The latest edition includes thought-provoking articles about online peer pressure, gaming and screen time.

Creating 10 peer-to-peer Be Strong Online modules

Developed in partnership with young people’s charity The Diana Award, our Be Strong Online digital skills programme encourages older children to pass on their knowledge to younger peers. Topics covered in the 10 free modules include digital detox, critical thinking and coding & creativity.

Although Safer Internet Day is now over for another year, we’d encourage you to continue uniting for a better internet. Whether you’re a young person, parent, carer or teacher, there is lots you can do. Check out the #SID2017 website for activities, resources and much more.

Safer Internet Day is co-ordinated in the UK by a partnership of three leading charities – Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation.