Today is Safer Internet Day 2016, this year the day has the theme “Play your part for a better internet!”
SID2016 is coordinated by the UK Safer Internet Centre as part of today hundreds of organisations are getting involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for both children and young people.
Here is some information about today taken from the Safer Internet Centre website:
“Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.
“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 in helping to create a better internet. Get involved to play your part!”
Locally, the Not in or Community Campaign is marking the day by using technology to hold an online link-up, that will help young people to protect themselves and friends online against sexual exploitation.
Not in or Community are working with secondary schools in Hull and the East Riding to hold their event, and this is the first of its kind. This event will take place from 11 am on Friday 18th March.
To find out more about the Not in our Community Campaign visit their website at www.notinourcommunity.org.
Today is Time to Talk Day, organised and run by Time to Change:
The aim is to get as many people as possible across England talking about mental health.
By joining together on one day, we can break the silence that often surrounds mental health, and show that talking about this once-taboo issue doesn’t need to be difficult. – Time to Change
This is a great opportunity for you to talk to someone you know about their mental health. If you do, you will be joining tens of thousands of other individuals and hundreds of organisations who will also be speaking out about mental health.
Time to Change want to encourage everyone today to have a conversation about Mental Health and log this conversation on their map here.
You can be involved today in many different ways just check out the Time to Change website for more information: www.time-to-change.org.uk/timetotalkday.
You could have a conversation that is as simple as asking someone how they are feeling today, spreading the message about Time to Change and their campaign or sharing an interesting fact about mental health.
Many people don’t realise that mental health problems are as common as they are. By starting these simple conversations in everyday life we can show that there’s no need to be afraid of talking about mental health and it doesn’t need to be as hard as a lot of people think. – Time to Change
If during a conversation you feel that you or someone you know needs support with their mental health, the Time to Change website lists some support services here.
If you’re aged under 25 you can also get support from the free confidential helpline Get Connected. They are a great organisation that offers free help and advice to anyone under 25 about any issue including mental health.