AM promotes Safer Internet Day in the Senedd

With Safer Internet Day set to take place next week, Clwyd West AM Darren Millar has called for an update from the Welsh Government on action being taken by Ministers to address internet safety, particularly for young people.

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. 

Speaking in yesterday’s Business Statement, Darren praised the campaign and asked what the Welsh Government is doing to promote internet safety.   

He said:

“We all know, there are dangers lurking online, particularly for our young people. I'd be grateful if we can have an update on the work that's been done by the Minister for Education and any other Ministers in Government regarding internet safety for young people, and will you join me by putting on the record your recognition of the good work that's being done by Childnet, the Internet Watch Foundation and others in bringing this matter to our attention yet again this year with Safer Internet Day 2019 which will take place on Tuesday 5th February 2019 with the theme 'Together for a better internet’.”

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations unite to raise awareness of online safety issues and run events and activities right across the UK. As a result of our collective action, Safer Internet Day 2018 reached 45% of UK children and 30% of UK parents.  

Essential to the campaign is its partnerships with key organisations and individuals, such as football clubs, parliamentarians and government departments, technology companies, media brands and schools and police services across the UK.

The campaign aims to empower children and their parents so they know how to keep themselves safe online and to encourage parents to have a conversation with their children about safe use of technology.

Darren added:

"Safer Internet Day offers the perfect opportunity to reach out to parents, carers, children and young people with important positive internet safety education messages. It provides a timely opportunity to reinforce internet safety education for all users.

"The fact that technology is now part of everyday life for children and young people is a great thing, but we must never get complacent about promoting the dangers of the internet.

"I urge all schools and parents in Clwyd West to use Safer Internet Day to educate our young people about online safety. We can all play a  part in helping to make the internet a great and safe place for all."