Safer Internet Day

Over the years, Safer Internet Day has become a landmark event in the online safety calendar. Starting as an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project in 2004 and taken up by the Insafe network as one of its earliest actions in 2005, Safer Internet Day has grown beyond its traditional geographic zone and is now celebrated in approximately 180 countries and territories worldwide.

From cyberbullying to social networking to digital identity, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and current concerns.

Past e-safety videos

View our 2019 video here

View our 2018 video here

View our 2017 video here

View our 2016 video here


Media Safety

Do you like chatting with your friends on your mobile phone, communicating by email or searching for information on the internet? Have a look below to see how you can use ICT safely, where you stay in control and you know how to get yourself out of a situation that might be dangerous or make you feel uncomfortable.

Mobile phones

  • Do not walk along texting – lots of people have been involved in accidents because of this
  • Do no flash your phone about or brag about it, you may end up getting mugged for it
  • Think about who you give your number to –  you don’t know where it might end up
  • If you take photos or films of your friends and want to share them or put them on-line, check with them first, once things are on the internet they can not be removed easily, and this could be a very big problem for you
  • Keep control of your own image too – once your picture is on-line, it can be copied, changed and shared without you knowing
  • If you receive an annoying, nasty or rude text, don’t reply to it, but do keep it and show an adult. If it is from another pupil, staff at school will get involved
  • Your phone must be given in every morning, we take no responsibility for lost or stolen phones.

Social network sites (such as Facebook, Twitter, Bebo etc)

  • NO Discovery pupil should have a social networking account, as this would involve lying about your age. We will report any child to Facebook that we find out is using an account as we consider this extremely dangerous.

Chatrooms on ‘safe sites’

  • Only ever create an account with permission from your parents
  • Create a username that is easy to remember but isn’t your real full name
  • Only link with real-life friends you know
  • Look out for your friends online and let them and an adult know if you think they are at risk
  • Parents need to check your conversations and set your level of chat until you have proved you have good awareness and safety.


  • You should only have an email account with permission from an adult
  • Think about who you give your email address to – you don’t know where it might end up
  • Never open emails from people you do not know
  • If you receive an annoying, nasty or rude mail, don’t reply to it, but do keep it to show an adult at home and then at school so it can be properly dealt with
  • Keep passwords private to yourself and your parents

Useful websites

Do you want to find out about the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology? Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. There is also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.

Report any websites that you feel are inappropriate.

Childnet’s mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.