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Safer Internet Day 2017

By Janaki Mistry, February 2017

Safer Internet Day is happening on Tuesday 7 February. It’s a day for schools and other organisations to help children and young people enjoy a safer and more positive online experience.  


Get involved

There are lots of ways you can get involved and support Safer Internet Day. Find out more by visiting the Safer Internet Day website.

You can also follow the #SID2017 and #SaferInternetDay hashtags on Twitter to find out what other people are up to across the country and to show your support.

Safer Internet Day is encouraging young people to post a smiley selfie or fill in their specially designed emoji through their #giveasmile campaign.


Tips on how to stay safe online

As part of Safer Internet Day, You & Co wants you to consider how you use the Internet and how you behave online.

Do you tag your location when you upload a photo to Instagram or Twitter?

Would you ever consider meeting up with someone you just met online?

Have you ever shared a photo of yourself to a stranger?

If the answer is ‘Yes’ to the above questions, check out our useful tips on how you can stay safe and protected online.

You can also get advice on what to do if someone is bullying you online or cyber stalking you, or pretending to be you online.


Get help if you don’t feel safe online

If you don’t feel safe online, there are a number of people you can talk to:

  • You & Co offers one-to-one support through our free Supportline on 08 08 16 89 111 (24-hour at the weekend, 8pm-8am in the week) or you can find out about the support available near you.
  • ChildLine runs a 24-hour helpline on 0800 1111, which gives advice and support for any issues you may be dealing with.
  • Thinkuknow provides information on how to stay safe online for young people as well as parents and guardians.
  • You can also ask a trusted adult for help and support if it makes you more comfortable.