Each year in the UK, Safer Internet Day explores a new area or theme that is important to the young people they work with every day, this year’s being ‘Play Your Part’, which explores mutual respect and healthy relationships in online gaming.
Earlier in 2021, Safer Internet Day conducted a study highlighting what young people are spending their time with online and found that:
- 77% of young people have spent more time playing online games and apps during the pandemic than ever before,
- More than 1 in 5 young people see a supportive response to negativity within games and apps every week,
- 41% of young people have blocked or reported another user because of their behaviour.
“Safer Internet Day 2022 celebrates young people’s role in creating a safer internet and the ways they are shaping the interactive entertainment spaces they are a part of. The platforms young people use are spaces for connection, community and collaboration, which is why the day challenges them to foster supportive relationships and respectful communities, whilst equipping them with the skills they need to keep themselves and others safe in these spaces.”
YEO is proud to be a supporter of Safer Internet Day and will continue to stand with those fighting to make the online world a safer place.
Learn more about the fantastic work that UK Safer Internet Centre is doing and how you too can show your support, here.