The UK Safer Internet Centre is coordinated by a partnership of three leading organisations; Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation. It is co-funded by the European Commission and has three main functions: an Awareness Centre, a Helpline and a Hotline.
The UK Safer Internet Centre delivers a wide range of activity to promote the safe and responsible use of technology:
- coordinates Safer Internet Day in the UK, which provided over 50 million opportunities to see or hear the Safer Internet Day message in 2012 and in 2013, with 2013 having a record number of supporters getting involved and a large-scale youth survey capturing the voice of 24,000 children launched on the day to Government, industry and policy-makers;
- develops self-assessment tools for schools and other settings to evaluate their esafety provision, including policy development;
- delivers education sessions for children, parents, carers and teachers in schools and other settings, reaching over 30,000 every year;
- hosts the UKCCIS Evidence Group’s Research Highlight series, which summarises key academic publications on children and the internet;
- shapes policy at school, industry and government level, both in the UK and internationally;
- facilitates youth panels to give young people a voice on these issues;
- contributes to and commission academic research into children’s media use;
- works in partnership with others in the UK and globally - the Centre's resources are used in many countries worldwide;
- continues to develop the UK Safer Internet Centre website as a hub for information and advice, to reflect the range of work taking place across the UK.