Minister for Digital Margot James said:
“In 2019 the government will be setting out new laws to tackle online harms, and leading the world by bringing in age verification for online pornography. But it is crucial that there is continued collaboration across the UK to achieve our aim of making the UK the safest place in the world to be online.
"Young people deserve access to the support and advice they need to navigate the online world, including on the challenging issue of consent, and this lies at the very heart of Safer Internet Day."
Maree Todd, Minister for Children and Young People, Scottish Government:
“The internet is becoming increasingly central to our lives and especially the lives of our children and young people. It connects and empowers us, and it is important that we ensure that children and young people are able to enjoy the internet, show resilience and take advantage of the many opportu-nities it has to offer in a way that is safe and supported.
That is why we are delighted to work with the UK Safer Internet Centre to raise awareness and pro-mote Safer Internet Day in Scotland. This year’s theme looks at understanding how consent works in a digital world and reminds us of the importance of understanding healthy, respectful, consensual and safe relationships and that we all have a responsibility to respect each other’s privacy and consent.”
Education Minister for Wales, Kirsty Williams:
“I’m proud that the Welsh Government is able to support Safer Internet Day. This year’s theme of ‘Together for a better internet’ really resonates with the great deal of work we have been doing in Wales. Last year we published our Online Safety Action Plan for Wales which sets out how the Welsh Government works with teachers, parents and carers, learners and partners across Wales to keep our children and young people safe online. This action plan provides a focus for our online safety work, which has always been a key priority for me both as Education Minister, and as a parent. We have also invested in building digital tools to assist our learners which have been very successful, such as the Hwb Online Safety Zone and our bilingual online safety self-assessment tool 360 degree safe Cymru.
I encourage all of our schools to take full advantage of the fantastic Safer Internet Day Education Packs that are available bilingually on our Hwb Online Safety Zone, which includes a specially com-missioned SID preparation pack, to ensure that our children and young people know how to stay safe online in today’s evolving digital world.”
Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield:
“The internet remains a fantastic resource for children, and can provide limitless positive experiences for them. However as a reflection of real life the internet still has some dark corners and spaces that are simply not appropriate or safe for children. On this Safer Internet Day I want the many platforms that have grown immensely rich and powerful over the last decade to redouble their efforts to seriously tackle inappropriate or harmful content, and to do so quicker and with more transparency. The ball is now firmly in their court as children, parents and many others have become only too aware that what is being done by social media companies and others in the field currently does not go far enough. They have the power to create fantastic user experiences, they have the responsibility and expertise to eliminate harmful ones. The desire to produce the former must never come at the expense of the latter.”
Koulla Yiasouma, NI Commissioner for Children & Young People said:
“The importance of supporting Safer Internet Day increases year on year as the internet and particularly social media evolves to create more challenges for our children and young people. We continue to spend more and more time online every day and we are all responsible for making sure our children stay safe.
“Safer Internet Day 2019 empowers young people to take control of their lives in the digital world and highlights the importance of understanding how to ask, give, and receive consent online. The companies we interact with online have a duty of care to protect our children from harm and be transparent in the data they collect and how this information is used.”
Bruce Adamson, Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland:
“Whilst the digital age provides immense opportunities for children to exercise their rights to participation and accessing information, it brings with it significant challenges too. It is important that children know how to use the internet safely and securely and that they know what to do should they feel uncomfortable, afraid or unsafe. Safer Internet Day’s provision of educational resources for adults and children and young people are helpful tools to create necessary and open discussion on consent, personal safety and how to protect yourself online.”
Natasha Devon MBE, Body Image and Mental Health Campaigner:
“My experience working with schools has taught me that a ‘zero tolerance’ or scaremongering approach to the web is ineffective and unrealistic. Tech is an inextricable part of young people’s lives and it’s our duty to help them navigate that world in a way that’s smart and safe. That’s why I’m delighted to support Safer Internet Day, which does exactly that.”
Professor Sonia Livingstone, Parenting for a Digital Future, LSE:
“As we release our new findings on how children with special educational needs and disabilities are more likely to encounter harm online, I am confident that Safer Internet Day 2019 will promote lots of valuable resources to support them and their parents.”
Martha Evans, National Coordinator, Anti-Bullying Alliance:
“It is vital that we all do more, including industry, schools, parents and the wider community to help make the online world a place where children and young people can stay safe, have fun and be connected. Which is why Safer Internet Day remains an important date in the calendar and why the Anti-Bullying Alliance are proud to be one of the organisations supporting it. We must lead by example and take active steps to unite for a better internet.”
Javed Khan, Chief Executive, Barnardo’s:
“The internet has transformed how young people learn, socialise and communicate – generating fantastic new opportunities. But sadly the online work also brings new dangers – including online grooming, cyber-bullying and gaming addiction.
We all have a role to play in making the internet a safer place for children. The Government and tech giants need to work together to protect children from harmful content. And schools, parents and carers can support young people to make safe choices online, and to understand what is and isn’t safe to share on social media.
Barnardo’s has long provided advice and guidance to the vulnerable young people we support through our UK-wide specialist services, an increasing number of whom have experienced harm online.
We’re delighted to be supporting Safer Internet Day once again and welcome its contribution to ensuring that child online safety stays at the heart of public debate.”
Alice Webb, Director, BBC Children’s:
“We’re delighted to support Safer Internet Day through BBC Own It – a tool to inform and empower young people to deal with the challenges they face online every day. It’s is a great moment to remind kids how to stay safe online, whilst helping to develop their confidence and resilience in this space.”
David Austin, Chief Executive, BBFC:
"Our purpose at the BBFC is to help families and young people chose the right films, video and web-site content that is right for them. We are proud to be supporting Safer Internet Day 2019, by high-lighting research from our recent consultation of over 10,000 members of the public, which found that with more young people watching films online than ever before, there is now a greater need for more visible and trusted age ratings online. In fact, 95 per cent of teenagers told us they think it's important to have consistent age ratings across online platforms and we are actively working with the industry to ensure this happens. Our education team work with teachers and schools to produce a range of re-sources specifically designed for young people, to help them make informed viewing choices. These are available on our CBBFC website and include a PSHE Association accredited teaching resource for key stage two learners; Lets' Watch a Film! Making choices about what to watch' and specifically tailored Classification Guidance and ratings info for children and young people. And with the Digital Economy Act due to come in to effect later this year, as the designated age-verification regulator, we will have more powers to help ensure that the UK is one of the safest places in the world for children to be online."
Lorin LaFave, Founder and Head of Education and External Affairs, Breck Foundation:
"For Safer Internet Day 2019 we are truly working “Together for a Better Internet”. The time could not be more right to finally get regulation where children work and play on the Internet. Only together can we keep children safer online through education, empowerment, digital resilience and governance. Breck Foundation will be speaking at lunchtime in the offices of Yoti in The City with employees as well as parents who work in the area. We also welcome schools and families to participate in a NoTech4Breck Day in February to spend time together discussing the issues faced online, to think about whether we have cyber balance in our own lives, and to talk about ways in which we can sup-port each other in our quest to ensure children enjoy their online world safely.
Breck Foundation look forward to Safer Internet Day 2019 and working together to create a Safer Internet for all."
Marc Allera, CEO Consumer, BT:
“BT is proud to support Safer Internet Day 2019. We are committed to keeping families safe online, and Safer Internet Day provides the platform to inspire a global conversation about how we can con-tinue to do this. We will be hosting the UK Safer Internet Centre’s youth event at BT to start conversa-tions about how young people can connect, create and share safely in their digital world.
“As both a parent and CEO of three brands that believe in the power of technology to improve lives – BT, EE and Plusnet – I know how important it is for children to be safe online. We are investing in bet-ter parental control technologies, as well as educating our customers in how to use them. I hope the day will inspire parents and carers to have open and honest conversations about the importance of online safety and make the internet a better and safer place.”
Roy McComb, Deputy Director, CEOP:
“The National Crime Agency’s CEOP command is delighted to support the ongoing work of the UK Safer Internet Centre and Safer Internet Day. Children and young people’s use of technology is con-stantly evolving and Safer Internet Day provides a great opportunity to promote safe and positive use of the internet. We’re proud to support the day, helping professionals and parents/carers to make the internet a safer place, and continue to work towards protecting children online alongside the UK Safer Internet Centre and other key partners.”
John Carr, Children’s Charities Coalition on Internet Safety (CHIS):
“Safer Internet Day is a unique opportunity for all of us – parents, grandparents, teachers and young people alike – to stop and think.”
Tessy Ojo, Chief Executive, The Diana Award:
“With a growing online community the internet has transformed our connection to the world. Unfortunately, with this increased connectivity comes the good and the bad. At The Diana Award, we believe that it is our collective responsibility to ensure that children and young people continue to enjoy the benefits and richness the internet brings, this is why on days like today, we are delighted to support Safer Internet Day which brings together everyone from industry to government, law enforcement, parents, teachers and young people to work together to ensure our internet remains a safe place for everyone, but most importantly children and young people.”
Antigone Davis, Head of Global Safety, Facebook:
“At Facebook, we are proud to support Safer Internet Day to help inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. Safer Internet Day provides an opportunity to help spread important messages about the safe and responsible use of social media and other technologies popular with children. Our partnerships with Childnet International and the Diana Award help young people become ambassadors for digital safety, supporting their peers to connect with respect, and provide an important additional element to the online safety landscape in the UK.”
Claire Lilley, Child Safety Public Policy Manager, Google EMEA:
"We believe in technology's ability to bring young people together, educate about different points of view, and foster creativity. But it's also important that young people use technology as a force for good and to have a positive impact online. We continue to work hard to support young people's online experience through education and technology; we are proud to support the Safer Internet Centre, and be part of the efforts to encourage a safer online world."
Emma Collins, EMEA Public Policy Manager, Instagram:
"Instagram is proud to support Safer Internet Day's mission of working “Together for a Better Internet”. Keeping Instagram a positive, safe and supportive place for self-expression is hugely important to us, that’s why we’re sharing information about all the tools people have available to them to stay safe on Instagram. You can find them at our Info Centre here.”
Carolyn Bunting, Chief Executive, Internet Matters:
"As the online world continues to evolve, it's essential that industry comes together to help make it a positive environment for children. Safer Internet Day has the power to bring together organisations like ours, who through collaboration, can help highlight the fantastic opportunities the online world can offer children, when navigated both safely and smartly. We aim to help parents understand the im-portance of playing an active role in their children's digital lives and equip them with the necessary tools to help keep their children safe online."
Dieter Carstensen, Head of Digital Child Safety, The LEGO Group:
The LEGO Group is a proud supporter of the Safer Internet Day 2019, and this year’s theme “Together for a Better Internet” resonates perfectly with how we develop our digital experiences that are used by millions of children worldwide. We believe our responsibility of developing safe-by-design experiences must be accompanied by tools and guidance that provides children with agency to create
their favourite, positive and fun play experiences online. We are therefore launching additional in-app safety measures that are child friendly and contextually relevant, and we hope this will positively contribute towards a better Internet together with the children and their parents.”
Jacqueline Beauchere, Chief Online Safety Officer, Microsoft:
“As people across the globe live richer, more connected lives, there has never been a more crucial time for all of us to help shape a safer, more civil digital world. On Safer Internet Day people can stop and reflect as to what they experience and how they act online. Microsoft first supported Safer Internet Day 16 years ago, when many of the world’s most popular platforms had yet to enter our lives. To mark SID this year, Microsoft is releasing its latest Digital Civility Index, and we challenge everyone around the world to promote digital civility by: living the Golden Rule, respecting differences, pausing before replying, and standing up for oneself and others. Together we make the internet a safer, more respectful and more empathetic place. Learn more at: www.microsoft.com/digitalcivility.”
Justine Roberts, Chief Executive, Mumsnet:
“Mumsnet users talk a lot about how to keep their children safe online, from pre-schoolers watching their favourite programmes to teenagers exploring the wilder shores of the web. Consent - how to ask for it, how to give it, and how to know you have it - is an important principle for so many activities, and has the potential to open up thoughtful conversations with people of all ages, so it's good news that Safer Internet Day 2019 will be focused on this topic.”
Paul Whiteman, General Secretary, NAHT:
“Safer Internet Day provides a great opportunity for school leaders to emphasise to pupils and parents alike that, while the internet provides a powerful source of information, it needs to be handled with care. The benefits and risks of easy internet access for pupils are clear, so it’s important to find the right balance. Where internet safety is concerned, younger children should not be left to their own devices.”
Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary, National Education Union:
“We fully support Safer Internet day and think this year’s focus on consent in an online context is vitally important. Schools, alongside parents and carers, can help equip children and young people with the tools and understanding on how to share information safely and respectfully. Online bullying and harassment affects both pupils and staff. We need to talk more about what consent is and how to challenge online abuse if we want to deliver on everyone's right to be safe."
Lynne Owens, Director General, National Crime Agency:
“I am delighted to support the ongoing work of the UK Safer Internet Centre and Safer Internet Day. Children and young people’s use of technology is constantly evolving and Safer Internet Day provides a great opportunity to promote safe and positive use of the internet. The National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command will continue to work alongside the UK Safer Internet Centre and other key partners to ensure that children are protected and safeguarded online. The NCA is proud to support the day, which is helping professionals and parents/carers to make the internet a safer place.”
Peter Wanless, Chief Executive, NSPCC:
“Over the last week news of how social networks are still failing to design basic safety for children into their services has been rife. We know that the internet provides an amazing opportunity for young people to explore and connect, but they should not be subjected to unnecessary risk.
Now more than ever we need to be talking openly and regularly with our children about their online lives as well as their life offline. That way if they come across something that is not age appropriate or unsettling they will have the confidence to raise that concern with a trusted adult.
We are proud to support Safer Internet Day and be involved in the crucial national debate about what more must be done to create a safer internet for children so they can benefit from the exciting possibilities it offers.”
Yih-Choung Teh, Group Director, Ofcom:
“Our research shows children are spending much of their free time online –playing games, on social media or watching videos. Safer Internet Day is a vital opportunity to talk about the risks and benefits of being online.
“Parents, expert groups, industry and public bodies all have a role in helping educate youngsters, and giving them the right tools and advice to help create a safer, more positive online experience.”
Conor Pierce, Corporate Vice President, Samsung UK & Ireland:
"Samsung is extremely proud to be supporting Safer Internet Day again this year. It's more important than ever that technology is used responsibly and respectfully, and we will be sharing this message widely through our social channels. We will be sharing tips on how to use our Kids Mode app designed to support parents and children to use the internet safely on our Galaxy devices. We are also ensuring that our store and call centre staff are ready to help and advise our customers with this information."
Stephen Collins, Director of Public Policy, Snap Inc:
"We believe that a person’s ability to grow is reliant on their ability to express themselves freely, safely and comfortably. At Snap, we seek to lower barriers to creativity and self-expression, help our community learn about the world and stay safe while doing so.
We are proud to support Safer Internet Day and to partner with organizations who do extraordinary work to protect children and make the Internet a safer place for everyone. In an effort to raise awareness of online safety issues, we have created Snapchat filters to remind users of our collective responsibility and commitment to work together for a safer Internet."
Julian David, CEO of techUK:
“Tech innovation brings tremendous benefits to our economy and our society. Our members are creating the innovations and products of tomorrow that will have a positive impact on all our lives. techUK is proud to support Safer Internet Day to make sure everyone can make the most of these new technologies whilst staying safe and secure.”
Katy Minshall, Head of Public Policy UK, Twitter:
“Twitter is proud to join with safety partners across the world to mark #SaferInternetDay2019 and to encourage conversations around a better internet. The theme of this year’s Safer Internet Day - ‘Together for a better internet’ - reflects a set of beliefs we share: that the internet can always be better, that it remains a force for good, and that it’s all of our jobs to make it safe and healthy. We won’t stop working to build a healthier Twitter, so people feel safe and are able to find high-quality information on our service.”
Anna Watkins, UK Managing Director, Verizon Media:
"The internet can unlock fantastic experiences and positive relationships when we know how to navigate it and use it successfully. Through our support for Safer Internet Day, we want to help young people to be informed and resilient internet users. We are proud to fund the education packs that are distributed to schools nationwide so teachers and pupils can get the right guidance to know how they can navigate the online world safely and respectfully."
Helen Lamprell, General Counsel & External Affairs Director, Vodafone UK said:
“We all know we should be talking to our children about how to be safe and responsible online. As a mum myself, I appreciate that starting these conversations can be daunting. Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness about the need to talk about online safety and our Digital Parenting website provides the latest digital wellbeing guidance to make these conversations easier.”