Youth events took place right across the UK for Safer Internet Day enabling young people to have their say and play their part in creating a better internet.
Young people played a central role in Safer Internet Day 2017, from creating photos exploring online safety issues, to getting involved with events with football clubs, to speaking at our youth events and photo exhibitions across the UK.
In England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, young people met together with Ministers, the UK Safer Internet Centre and other key policymakers to explore how we can all 'Be the change' and help to create a better internet.
Across the UK young people created images which explored the power and influence of images in their lives and these were showcased at these events across the UK. From the pressure to take the perfect selfie, to the ways that images can be misleading or ambiguous, our six photography briefs challenged young people to consider the impact of images on their lives, while also celebrating the positive power of image to help inspire a better internet.
London Youth Event
Our London event at the BT Centre showcased a photo exhibition created by young people, with each young person talking to policymakers, including industry and government representatives, about the photos they had created and the messages behind them.
This was followed by an interactive youth discussion, where the young people shared how they communicate using images and videos, while young people helped the audience get involved through livestreaming and taking a mass photo with the Safer Internet Day Snapchat filter, as well as voting about their use of emojis.
This was followed by a panel discussion, chaired by BBC Click journalist Kate Russell, in which young people described and discussed how images and videos play an important role in their lives, addressing the pressures of maintaining a perfect image online, critical thinking as well as how technology was a powerful and creative outlet for them.
Watch the videos:
- Welcome Address - David McDonald
David McDonald, Director of Broadband at BT gives a Welcome Address at the Youth Event.
- Welcome Address - Will Gardner
Will Gardner, Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre and CEO of Childnet gives a Welcome Address at Youth Event.
- Interactive Youth Discussion
The Safer Internet Day 2017 Youth Panel was made up of Primary and Secondary school pupils, they discussed the Power of Images in their digital lives.
- Youth Roundtable
Safer Internet Day 2017 Power of Image Youth Roundtable chaired by BBC Click journalist Kate Russell
- Closing Remarks - Michael Bell
Michael Bell from the Department for Education gives Closing Remarks at the Safer Internet Day 2017 Youth Event.
Youth Photo Exhibition
Guests at the London event, including Ministers Tracey Crouch MP and Baroness Joanna Shields, got the chance to tour the gallery of photos created by the young people.
Listen to the podcast
Hear what the young people had to say about their time at the Safer Internet Day event in London in our podcast!
Hear the young people's top tips
Young people give their top tips for staying safe online
What young people thought of the day
Find out what the young people enjoyed the most about their time at the Safer Internet Day 2017 Youth Event in London:
'The best part of the day for me was getting to talk in front of a lot of people in the panel discussion.'
'I enjoyed meeting new people and explaining my photos to people. I also enjoyed talking in the panel!'
'I liked talking about my pictures to the members of the public and industries.'
'Talking to the special guest Tracey Crouch.'
Wales Youth Event
On Safer Internet Day the Welsh Government and UK Safer Internet Centre hosted a youth event at the Senedd, attended by Kirsty Williams, Cabinet Secretary for Education and other assembly members.
The event showcased the finalists of the national online safety logo competition. At the event, the Welsh Government announced the winner; a student from Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School in Beddau.
Also at the Senedd there was an exhibition of images created by local schools as part of the Safer Internet Day youth photo campaign.
Scotland Youth Event
In Scotland, Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution visited Dunbar Grammar School to hear from their pupils who had been involved in the Safer Internet Day youth photo campaign. The Minister discussed with the young people what they saw as their priorities for creating a better internet for all.
The UK Safer Internet Centre joined the Northern Ireland Government to celebrate Safer Internet Day.
To celebrate Safer Internet Day C2k, the Educational Authority and Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland broadcast live videostreams which were available to all schools across Northern Ireland. The streams involved young people who had taken part in a film competition and also announced the winners, Fairview Primary School and Holy Trinity College Cookstown.
See what people around the UK did to celebrate SID2017!