Safer Internet Day exploded around the world demonstrating the interest in the issues of digital citizenship and cyberbullying, particularly in countries where 1:1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs are proliferating.
Companies got involved, including Microsoft, who released a Digital Civility Index comparing online behaviour in 14 countries. They encouraged young people to take up their Digital Civility Challenge.
Whilst still collating the exact numbers involved the UK’s Safer Internet Day saw huge participation nationally and significant buy-in from schools, plus headline news in the media.
In New Zealand, Netsafe encouraged people to take part in Google’s web rangers #stopbullying balloon popping challenge:
- Step 1: Write something mean that has been said to you online on a balloon.
- Step 2: Video yourself hugging someone and pop the balloon between you.
- Step 3: Challenge three friends to do the same and share it online on Safer Internet Day using the hashtag #StopBullying.
New Zealand organisation Sticks and Stones also teamed up with Project ROCKIT and Plan International in Australia to host a woman’s workshop in Melbourne bringing youth from both countries together with representatives from Facebook to discuss deletable media. The event could be followed on Facebook.
In the USA, a Safer Internet day event was live streamed including a question time with social media industry leaders and youth representatives.
These are exactly the kinds of awareness-raising activities that Linewize endeavours to make possible for educators. Rather than discovering that all the online tools required to complete the activities are blocked, Linewize provides an internet access management system that permits students to access the social media tools but in an environment where the school has total visibility over what every student is doing.
To read more about how Linewize views the line between school and student responsibilities around BYOD, download our white paper: ‘BYOD Responsiblity in Schools’.