Young people declare that a better internet is #Up2Us!

A new study into Friendship in a Digital Age launched by the UK Safer Internet Centre reveals 30% of 11-16-year-olds experienced someone being mean to them online in the last year. But 3 in 4 believe young people have the power to create a kinder online community.

New #Up2Us film created by 150 schoolchildren tells of their internet experiences and inspires young people to do something kind online this Safer Internet Day.

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For Safer Internet Day 2015, the UK Safer Internet Centre has launched #Up2Us, a film made by over 150 schoolchildren about their online experiences – both good and bad – which aims to inspire young people across the UK to do something kind online this Safer Internet Day. The film features children from schools across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and will be premiered at events across the UK on 10th February. 

Why not join the young people in making a Safer Internet Day promise and join the conversation using #Up2Us

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A new study into Friendship in a Digital Age launched by the UK Safer Internet Centre reveals that 30% of young people have been on the receiving end of mean online behaviour in the past year.

However, according to the online study of more than a thousand 11-16-year-olds conducted by ResearchBods, more than three quarters (78%) believe that young people have the power to create a kinder online community. The majority (88%) of the young people questioned say they always try to be kind in their online interactions.

The study reveals the huge role that technology plays in supporting young people’s friendships, with over half (55%) saying they interact online with their closest friends several times an hour and 63% saying they are closer to their friends because of the internet. Reassuringly the internet is a positive place for the majority of young people surveyed. When questioned about their time spent on social networks and messaging apps, the majority of 11-16s (63%) felt that people were kind to them on the internet most of the time.

However, some young people face negative experiences online. Almost a third (30%) of young people said that someone had been mean to them in the last year, with 1 in 20 (5%) saying that people were mean to them most of the time on the internet.

That’s why everyone is being encouraged to play their part in creating a better internet this Safer Internet Day.