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Essex FA mark Safer Internet Day

News / Tue 10th Feb 2015 pm28 05:29pm

SaferSAFER Internet Day 2015 on Tuesday 10th February has received the full backing of the Essex County FA as the UK unites ‘to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people’ through an online presence at www.saferinternet.org.uk.

It is celebrated globally with the slogan ‘Let’s Create a Better Internet Together’ and is coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South-West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation. Hundreds of organisations are involved, providing resources for children, schools and families.

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 31 national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role everyone plays in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies and policy makers to join together in helping to create a better Internet.

Essex County FA Welfare Officer, Helen Hever, explained: “This is an important day in the calendar because a lot of young people in the UK do much of their socialising within football teams. It’s crucial for us to play our part in educating them in the positive ways to use the Internet, and where they can gain support if they have concerns.”

Find out more at www.saferinternet.org.uk. The Twitter hashtags to use and join discussions on Safer Internet Day are #up2us and #SID2015. Further information on grassroots football can be found at www.essexfa.com, on Twitter @EssexCountyFA and by searching for ‘EssexFootball’ on Facebook.

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