Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved and join a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together and help to create a better internet.

Each year for Safer Internet Day the UK Safer Internet Centre creates a range of resources to help educational settings and wider to celebrate the day. This includes:

  • Lessons plans, assemblies and films tailor made for all ages
  • Resources to support social media involvement on Safer Internet Day
  • Registration as a Safer Internet Day Supporter
  • National research looking at young people’s use of technology

David Austin, Chief Executive of BBFC said: Our purpose at the BBFC is to help families and young people chose the right films, video and website content that is right for them. We are proud to be supporting Safer Internet Day 2019, by highlighting 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 resources specifically designed for young people, to help them make informed viewing choices. These are available on our CBBFC website and includes 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.

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Download our PSHE Association acreditied Key Stage Two resource here.

For further information on Safer Internet Day visit the UK Safer Internet Centre website.

For more information about the BBFC contact Billie Morgan bmorgan@bbfc.co.uk

About the BBFC

The BBFC is independent and not-for-profit, and here to help everyone in the UK – especially children and families - choose age-appropriate films, videos and websites, wherever and however they watch or use them. Now, as well as classifying films released in UK cinemas and on DVD and Blu-ray, it’s providing age-ratings for Video On Demand and music videos online, and helping mobile phone operators set parental controls at the right level. The BBFC is also setting the standards for how the adult industry will age-verify people accessing online pornography, helping give children protection online as well as offline.