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.
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.