Safer Internet Day is helping to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology amongst young people, and the Essex County FA are pleased to be supporting the campaign on Tuesday 9th February.
The annual celebration is coordinated in the United Kingdom by the UK Safer Internet Centre and many organisations get involved to help inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly. Their website provides resources for children, schools and families so they can explore the role everyone plays in helping to create a better and safer online community.
More and more activity is taking place online, especially in the current climate, and it is vital that children and young people are supported and informed. Safer Internet Day offers the opportunity to highlight The FA’s best practice guidance in relation to social media, and The FA have produced further resources which can be reviewed and shared within clubs.
On the 'Guidance for Different Age Groups and Understanding Children’s Rights' page of The FA's website, there is some useful information on ‘Safeguarding in the Digital World’, most specifically the top tips for children/young people in section 7.4 (Fake News: What to Trust Online) and 7.5 (How to Ask an Adult for Help).
Helen Hever, Essex County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer, said: “We’re proud to be supporting Safer Internet Day. A lot of young people in the UK do much of their socialising within football teams, so this is an important day in the calendar. It’s crucial for us to offer support if they have concerns and to play our part in educating them in the positive ways of using the Internet.”
Leagues, clubs and coaches can play their part by adding links to support outlets and advice on web pages, Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels. They can also follow The FA’s best practice guidance to ensure clubs and leagues manage online environments and communications, properly guaranteeing they are safe for all involved.
Players can be kind and respectful to others online and seek positive and safe opportunities to create, engage and share. Parents and carers can maintain an open and honest dialogue with their children about their online lives by modelling positive online behaviours themselves, and also by reporting any inappropriate or illegal content they find.
View the new FA content by clicking here. A series of resources is also available for Safer Internet Day, including some digital assets by following this link. Additionally, you can follow @UK_SIC on Twitter and use the hashtag #AnInternetWeTrust.