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Model School Primary School, Northland Rd, County Londonderry

Internet Safety Day 2020

10th Feb 2020

"Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year in over a hundred countries to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation. It encourages young people to explore identity online, and how the internet shapes the way that they think of themselves and others.

From checking Snapchat whilst walking down the street, to posting photos on Instagram during meal times – social media plays a significant role in our daily lives. In this digital age, most of us are slowly becoming (if not already) social media addicts and spend a lot of time browsing the different mediums throughout the day."

Safer Internet Center

According to the Digital Information World Survey survey, internet users are now spending an average of 2 hours and 22 minutes per day on social networking and messaging platforms.

In other studies on the use of the internet, it was found that;

  • 91% of 16-24 year olds use the internet for social networking
  • Social media has been described as more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol
  • Rates of anxiety and depression in young people has risen 70% in the last 25 years

In St. Mary's, we try to raise awareness of the addiction of social media, the health implications of using a mobile phone and the effect the use of social media can have on future careers.

The theme of Safer Internet Day 2020 is, ‘Safer Internet Day: Together for a better internet.’

"This Safer Internet Day, the UK Safer Internet Centre is exploring whether young people feel free to be themselves online. We are focussing on how young people manage their online identity, and how the internet shapes how they think of themselves and others. "

This quiz is designed for 7-13 year olds, but can be played by anyone!

It questions - what does your identity look like online and do you feel free to be yourself?

Take the survey here.