A CAMPAIGN day will stress the importance of using the internet safely and creating a safe online community for young people.

On Tuesday, February 5 Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board will be celebrating Safer Internet Day (SID).

Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries worldwide. It is organised in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people. The theme for this year's campaign is: Together for a better internet.

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The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we can 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.

Derek Benson, Independent Chair of Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board, said: "We are proud to be supporting Safer Internet Day. The internet plays an ever increasing part in every child and young person’s life. Therefore it is imperative that we promote the message that everyone has a responsibility to make a positive difference online. We can all promote being kind and respectful to others and seeking out positive opportunities to create and connect. We can all respond to the negative by reporting any inappropriate or illegal content. I would encourage everyone to visit the campaign website and find out how you can help."

More information about Safer Internet Day can be found on the campaign website at saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2019