Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity for children and young people, school staff, parents and carers and businesses in Wales to get involved in a truly global campaign.
The aim of Safer Internet Day is to inspire a UK wide conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading charities – Childnet International, Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) - with a shared mission to make the internet a better place for children and young people. Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.
Safer Internet Day: Tuesday 6 February 2024
To celebrate Safer Internet Day 2024 we will be offering a range of activities and events for schools to get involved with.
This virtual event took place on 14 November bringing together education stakeholders from across Wales to discuss the collaborative plans for Safer Internet Day 2024.
Creating the right school culture and approach to keeping learners safe online
During this 1-hour webinar, Assistant Director of Estyn, Dyfrig Ellis, will outline the importance of creating the right culture and approach to keeping learners safe online and enabling children and young people to speak out when they need support. Dyfrig will provide an overview of Estyn’s recommendations for schools, including effective and relevant CPD for teachers, the need to create a safe and comfortable environment for children and young people and the importance of improving the way schools record, monitor and respond to safeguarding concerns.
There will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions during this session.
Reviewing and improving your online safety policies and practice with the 360 safe Cymru self-assessment tool
The 360 safe Cymru tool provides a self-review framework for school improvement in online safety and digital resilience. This 30-minute webinar will guide you through the features of the tool and how it can be used to assess your school’s online safety policies and practices as well as your current preparedness for online safety incidents.
There will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions during this session.
The Wales Police Schools Progamme will be offering online safety sessions to schools in Wales on and around Safer Internet Day 2024. These sessions will take place in your school on a mutually convenient date and time.
Please contact your school’s Police Officer to book a session on any one of the following topics:
- Online Child Exploitation
These sessions will book up quickly so contact your school's Police Officer early to secure your session.
Support the campaign on social media
To find out what other organisations in Wales are doing for Safer Internet Day, search #SIDCymru on social media.
You can also join the global conversation with #SaferInternetDay
Register as a supporter
Show your organisation’s support and commitment to a better internet by registering as a Safer Internet Day supporter.
This page is updated regularly with Safer Internet Day news so please keep checking.
Date: Tuesday 7 February 2023
Theme: Making space for conversations about life online
Activities: The Welsh Government, in collaboration with the Welsh Rugby Union, ran a film competition which invited children and young people to create a short film that communicates their views, opinions or stories of using social media, gaming or apps. In their own words, we wanted to hear about the benefits and the concerns they experience using these apps. The winners were announced at a celebration event for finalists at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff, on Safer Internet Day:
- Primary Winner – Ysgol Bro Teifi
- Secondary Winner – Ysgol Nantgwyn
- Primary Runner Up – Ysgol Dyffryn Cledlyn
- Secondary Runner Up – Haverfordwest High VC School
- Highly Commended – Griffithstown Primary School
- Highly Commended – Cadle Primary School
- Highly Commended – Ysgol Y Deri – ‘Class 5FN does gaming’
- Highly Commended – Ysgol Y Deri – ‘The need for speed’
Date: Tuesday 8 February 2022
Theme: All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online
Activities: The Welsh Government, in partnership with the BBFC, ran a film competition which aimed to encourage children and young people to express their creativity and share their understanding of showing respect online. The winners of the competition were announced by the Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles MS, on Safer Internet Day:
- Primary Winner – Ysgol Dyffryn Cledlyn
- Secondary Winner – Ysgol Ty Coch
- Runner up – Ysgol Bro Pedr
- Highly commended – Cadoxton Primary School
- Highly commended – Ysgol Bro Teifi
Date: Tuesday 9 February 2021
Theme: An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world
Activities: The Welsh Government, in partnership with the UK Safer Internet Centre, ran a ‘Tackling misinformation digital storytelling’ competition calling on children and young people to use their creativity either through film, a written story or by recording an audio clip to explain what misinformation is, why it might be a problem, how we can recognise it and what we can do to protect ourselves and stop its spread. The winners of the competition were announced in a virtual event on Safer Internet Day.
Date: 11 February 2020
Theme: Together for a better internet
Activities: The 2020 Safer Internet Day competition in Wales challenged children and young people to create a public announcement style advert aimed at friends and family based on the theme ‘A better internet: how to look after yourself and others’. Winners of the competition were announced by the Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams, at a VIP screening of the finalists’ films in Cardiff.
Date: 5 February 2019
Theme: Our internet, our choice: Understanding consent in a digital world
Activities: Safer Internet Day 2019 focused on how consent works in an online context. The Welsh Government, in partnership with the UK Safer Internet Centre, published education packs on Hwb containing activities for schools in Wales to get involved with. These activities encouraged young people to explore how they ask, give, and receive consent online.
Date: 6 February 2018
Theme: Create, Connect and Share Respect
Activities: The Welsh Government held an event in the Pierhead, Cardiff, to celebrate Safer Internet Day, where Kirsty Williams AM, Cabinet Secretary for Education, announced the winners of the Safer Internet Day 2018 competition, which asked children and young people to describe how they feel when they are online through words, film, art or music.
Date: 7 February 2017
Theme: Be the change: unite for a better internet
Activities: Model Church in Wales School and Portfield School created photos show the impact online images have on their lives, as part of ‘The Power of Images’ photography project.
A Safer Internet Day event was held in the Senedd which was attended by over 150 children, young people and adults from across Wales. Kirsty Williams, Cabinet Secretary for Education, formally launched the Online Safety Zone on Hwb and announced the winner of the Online Safety Zone logo design competition.
Date: 9 February 2016
Theme: Play your part for a better internet
Activities: The UK Safer Internet Centre in partnership with the Welsh Government ran a competition calling for Welsh schools to design an app to help make the internet a better place.
The winners were Cornist Park Primary School with the ‘Safe eExplorers’ app, containing a collection of information, links and advice about keeping safe online and Ysgol Y Preseli with My Username Generator. This app allowed young children (aged 5-11) to generate a Welsh or English username that is easy to remember and that doesn’t reveal any sensitive information about them.
Date: 10 February 2015
Theme: Let’s create a better internet together
Activities: Many young people around Wales took on the challenge of creatively sharing a smile via social media to promote the theme of creating a better internet.
Safer Internet Day events took place around Wales including one in All Saints Primary School, which was attended by the Deputy Minister for Technology and Skills Julie James and another in Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg, which was attended by the Deputy Children’s Commissioner.