Safer Internet Day
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 9 February 2021
The Welsh Government, in partnership with the UK Safer Internet Centre, planned an exciting and timely campaign to celebrate Safer Internet Day 2021. The global theme was Together for a better internet and the UK theme was An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world.
Here is a summary of what we did in support of Safer Internet Day 2021.
Tackling Misinformation Digital Storytelling Competition
Our competition challenged 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 were announced in a virtual event on Safer Internet Day.
Early Years category
Primary school category
Secondary school category
- Winner – Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen
- Highly commended – Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen
- Highly commended – Bishop Gore School
For more details about the competition go to the competition page.
A virtual map capturing the breadth of activity taking place in support of SID 2021 across Wales.
Register as a supporter
Show your support and commitment to a better internet by registering your school/organisation/business as a Safer Internet Day supporter.
Support us on social media
Share the message and find out what other organisations in Wales are doing with the hashtags #SIDCymru and #aninternetwetrust. You can also join the global conversation with the hashtag #SaferInternetDay
You can also subscribe to our Keeping safe online newsletter to receive the latest information about Safer Internet Day and online safety.
Date: 11 February 2020
Global theme: Safer Internet Day: together for a better internet
The Welsh Government in partnership with the UK Safer Internet Centre, is planning a campaign to celebrate Safer Internet Day 2020. This 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.
Here is everything you need to help you mark Safer Internet Day at your school, youth setting or even workplace.
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. The theme was ‘A better internet: how to look after yourself and others’.
The competition is now closed.
Winners of the competition were announced on 11 February 2020 by the Minister for Education at a VIP screening of the finalists’ films in Cardiff.
Bilingual Safer Internet Day Education packs are now available on the Online safety zone. These packs provide a range of resources for schools to deliver sessions to children and young people across the age ranges.
Support us on social media
Spread the message around Wales and find out what other organisations in Wales are doing with the hashtag #SIDCymru
You can also join the global conversation with the hashtag #SaferInternetDay
This page will be updated regularly with Safer Internet Day news and updates so please keep checking it. To receive updates about Safer Internet Day and online safety subscribe to our newsletter.
Register as a supporter
Register your school/organisation/business as a Safer Internet Day supporter.
On the 13 November a planning event took place at the Clayton Hotel in Cardiff. The event was well attended and provided an overview of SID 2020 activities, how to get involved and how it could benefit schools, organisations and businesses.
Date: 5 February 2019
Global theme: Safer Internet Day: together for a better internet
UK theme: Our internet, our choice: Understanding consent in a digital world
This year in the UK, Safer Internet Day will focus on how consent works in an online context and will ask young people to explore how they ask, give, and receive consent online. This could be in their friendships or relationships, how they take and share images and videos or how they manage their privacy and data. The campaign encourages young people to explore how the internet works, who owns the information that is shared on it, and how they can actively take ownership of digital spaces. We want SID 2019 to empower young people to develop, take control of their online lives and use the positive power of the internet for good.
Here is everything you need to help you mark Safer Internet Day at your school, youth setting or even workplace:
- Education packs for schools and organisations from the UK Safer Internet Centre. Six packs are available to download aimed at young people aged from 3 to 18-year olds, educators and parents and carers with activities, assembly scripts and lesson plans.
- A supplementary pack specifically for schools in Wales contains additional resources to help schools celebrate Safer Internet Day 2019.
- Register your school/organisation as a Safer Internet Day supporter.
- Spread the word download and use our campaign toolkit.
- Join us and share your Safer Internet Day activities on social media using #SaferInternetDay2019 and #OurInternetOurChoice.
This page is updated regularly with Safer Internet Day news and updates so please keep checking it. To receive updates about Safer Internet Day and online safety subscribe to our newsletter.
Date: 6 February 2018
Theme: Create, Connect and Share Respect
Save the date: Safer Internet Day 2018 will take place on Tuesday 6 February 2018.
Watch out for more information on this page soon on:
- the theme of Safer Internet Day 2018 yet to be announced
- the date for the Welsh Safer Internet Day Stakeholder Planning Event
- SID education packs for schools
- More details and ideas about how you can get involved in Safer Internet Day activities
If you would like to find out more, please check the Online Safety Zone on Hwb regularly or subscribe to our monthly online safety newsletter.
Date: 7 February 2017
Theme: 'Be the change: unite for a better internet'
For the 13th Safer Internet Day, Lynne Neagle AM, Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee hosted an event at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay. The event 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 recent Online Safety Zone logo design competition. The winner, Isabel Bates from Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School, was presented with an award and a certificate by Ms Williams.
Highly commended awards and certificates were presented to:
- Emma Newton, Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School
- E-safety pupils, Portfield Special School
- Model Digital Champions, Model Church in Wales School
- Osian Petts, Ysgol Penryncoch.
Those who attended had the opportunity to see all the entries to the logo competition. Alongside this was a collection of images taken by Model Church in Wales School, and Portfield School as part of ‘The Power of Images’ photography project. This project challenged young people to create images that show the impact online images make to their lives. You can see more here.
The Children’s Commissioner for Wales also attended and talked about the importance of online safety for young people in Wales.
Kellie Williams shared good practice in online safety at Cornist Park Primary school in Flintshire with the team of digital champions.
David Wright, UK Safer Internet Centre Director, closed with event with an overview of Safer Internet Day from a UK perspective.
The hashtag #SID2017 was trending on Twitter for most of the day following the biggest Thunderclap to date – a total of 7.7 million users were involved. Many schools in Wales were tweeting about their activities using both the #SID2017 and #GiveASmile hashtags.
- Ysgol Dewi Sant published a video from class two
- Our Lady’s Cwmbran had a class discussion with Year 4 learners
- All Saints PS posted a Blog about their day – including sharing smiles across landmarks in Cardiff!
- Ysgol y Graig Llangefni created e-safety trails using QR codes
Many more held assemblies, lessons and ran activities for learners, parents and governors. Great work everyone. The Safer Internet Day Education SID education pack page was viewed over 6300 times on Hwb.
Date: 9 February 2016
Theme: 'Play your part for a better internet'
As part of this year’s Safer Internet Day in Wales, the UK Safer Internet Centre in partnership with Welsh Government ran an app competition for Welsh schools.
Schools were called to design an app to help make the internet a better place. The winners of the competition were announced on Safer Internet Day.
The winner of the primary schools category was Cornist Park Primary school with ‘Safe eExplorers’. The app was a collection of information, links and advice about keeping safe.
In the Secondary schools category the winning app was My Username Generator app from Ysgol Y Preseli in Pembrokeshire. This app allows young children (aged 5-11) to generate a username that is easy to remember and that doesn’t reveal any sensitive information about them. It is purposefully simple, and the app also allows users to choose whether to create their usernames in Welsh or English.
Primary school winners Cornist Park School in Flintshire created an app called Safe eExplorers, and teacher Kellie Williams said:
“I was excited to give the pupils at Cornist Park the opportunity to participate in the Safer Internet Day app competition. It was a great way for the pupils to share their eSafety knowledge in a creative way. The competition enhanced the development of pupils' teamwork, problem solving and digital competency skills and I am so proud that Lilli and Georgia's hard work has been recognised by winning the competition!”
Secondary school winners Ysgol Y Preseli school in Pembrokeshire created an app, My Username Generator. Teacher Serena Davies said:
“We are delighted that our Digital Leaders have won the SID App Competition, as it truly shows our pupils' commitment to being responsible digital citizens. We understand that young children find it difficult to create a username that is easy to remember, and that doesn't reveal any sensitive information about themselves. This app solves those problems, and also allows children to choose whether to create a username in English or Welsh, which may be the first app to ever achieve this!”
The winning apps, available in both English and Welsh, have had a professional makeover by experts at Appshed and submitted to both Google and Apple Appstores so they will be available to anyone to access.
David Wright, Director UK Safer Internet Centre at SWGfL added:
“Together with the Welsh Government, we were really excited by this competition, enabling children across Wales to apply their coding skills to online safety issues; tackling the issues they saw as most important and we certainly weren’t disappointed. These are not only great online safety apps, but created by children, for children.”
Date: 10 February 2015
Theme: 'Let’s create a better internet together'
All Saints Primary school hosted this years Safer Internet Day event which was attended by Deputy Minister for Technology and Skills Julie James.
Pupils from All Saints Primary and Sandfields Comprehensive School in Port Talbot took part in activities and workshops around the theme of Safer Internet Day and demonstrated the role they played in putting together the #Up2Us film created by over 150 young people from all over the UK.
The film examines at how young people see the internet and how they believe it is up to each and every one of us to make the internet a better place.
Pupils from All Saints had prepared films and wall activities for others to participate in. Pupils from Sandfields Secondary School led expert sessions on Vine, Instagram and Snapchat.
Many young people also took on the challenge on the day to share a smile via social media and came up with creative ways of sharing a smile online.
In Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg, Barry, students from Years 8 and 9, held an event which was attended by the Deputy Children’s Commissioner and officials from Welsh Government. The pupils discussed their experiences and thoughts about online safety.
The pupils created their own ‘Digital Smile’ using the hall chairs and looked for smiles around the school. Finally, there was a technology exchange for adults to hear from students at the school about the online tools and apps they use.
Welsh Government, deputy minister for technology, Julie James, said:
“As part of our support for Safer Internet Day we have organised e-safety awareness raising activities in schools across Wales. We have also worked with the UK Safer Internet Centre to produce bilingual school packs to support schools in their ongoing work in this important area.
These activities are part of the Welsh Government’s ongoing commitment to online safety for children and young people and the e-Safety zone on our Hwb platform provides advice and guidance not only for our young people but also for their teachers and parents.
In 2008, Wales was the first UK country to introduce the teaching of safe and responsible use of the internet in both the primary and secondary school curriculum.”