On Tuesday 11th February, an event was hosted in Parliament by the UK Safer Internet Centre to mark Safer Internet Day 2020. To celebrate Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, joined with more than 1,000 schools, charities, and businesses to pledge his support for making the internet a safer place for children and young people.
62% of children aged 8 to 17 years old have said they are more careful about what they say online because of people being mean based on who they are. The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading organisations: Childnet International, Internet Watch Foundation and SWGfL, with the mission to promote the safe and responsible use of the internet for young people. A spokesperson for the centre said “It is vital that we reach as many children and their parents and carers as possible. Safer Internet Day engages over 1,000 organisations to encourage them to have a conversation about their online safety.”
After the event Sir David said “I was pleased to support the Young People’s Charter for Safer Internet Day 2020. It is essential that young people feel safe online and are free to be themselves without the fear of bullying or online abuse.”