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Call for Safer Internet Day involvement

Churches and faith groups across the UK are being urged to sign up for Safer Internet Day 2016, taking place on Tuesday (9 February) ...

The Churches Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) is urging churches and faith groups throughout the UK to sign up for Safer Internet Day 2016 and to splash this important event all over their Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms.

Safer Internet Day 2016 will be celebrated in over 100 nations around the world, on Tuesday 9 February, under the slogan ‘Let’s create a better internet together’.

Internationally it is co-ordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe. CCPAS has supported this important initiative since it first launched in 2011.
 
The Day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.
 
Simon Bass, CEO of CCPAS calls on all churches to promote this initiative through church websites and all forms of social media: “Safer Internet Day is an excellent opportunity for churches and organisations to review their social media and online practices to ensure their policies and procedures reflect how they safely engage with children and young people.
 
“But, much more than this, they should also use the day to focus on the positives of the internet. As churches increasingly become more tech savvy, we urge every place of worship in the UK to tweet about Safer Internet Day 2016 and to splash it over their Facebook and other social media sites to promote a better and safer internet!”
 
Co-ordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, here hundreds of organisations will to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. In 2015, more than 860 organisations (including 500+ schools) got involved in the event, reaching 20% of children and young people across the country.
 
The Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation. Resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved may be found at www.saferinternet.org.uk. See also #SID2016 and #shareaheart on Twitter.

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