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Safer Internet Day 2015

SID 2015 logoMore than three quarters of young people believe they have the power to create a kinder online community, according to new research.

The study - carried out to mark Safer Internet Day 2015 - also reveals that the majority of 11-16-year-olds find the internet to be a positive place on the whole.

But almost a third (30%) had experienced someone being mean to them online in the last year.

However, many of these are taking positive steps to tackle their negative experiences.

Three-quarters of 11-16s who experienced mean behaviour said they had blocked someone in the last year, while 68% said they have supported someone else who was being targeted online.

Some 64% of young people said they felt able to cope with anything negative that might happen online and 81% said they know what to do if someone is abusive towards them online.

Advice

ParentPort has a one-stop shop for parents to help them keep children safe when online, watching films and playing video games.

It contains information and advice on everything from setting up online controls, to improving mobile safety and keeping children safe on social networking sites.

Celebrated globally in over a hundred countries, Safer Internet Day aims to inspire the safe, responsible and creative use of technology.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, hundreds of organisations are supporting this year’s event including ParentPort.

The UK Safer Internet Centre has also launched #Up2Us, a new film made by over 150 schoolchildren about their online experiences - both good and bad - with the aim of inspiring young people across the UK to do something kind online this Safer Internet Day.

Click here for more information on the research that Ofcom undertakes in this area