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Safer Internet Day

Published on 10/02/21

Together for a better internet

From cyberbullying to social networking to digital identity, each year Safer Internet Day  aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and current concerns.

This Safer Internet Day we want to make you aware of the BBC's Own It pages and in particular the Own It app. The app has been designed with children aged 8-13 in mind, although anyone can use it, offers advice and guidance in real time as your child chats to their friends online, and so helps kids to enjoy the internet and connect with friends much more safely.

The Own It app will provide a helping hand to your child, supporting their digital wellbeing, showing them how to make smarter and better informed choices and helping them grow into confident, positive and happy digital citizens. Using a combination of self-reporting and ‘machine learning’, the app builds up a picture of your child’s digital wellbeing and serves relevant information designed to help your child understand the impact that their online behaviours can have on themselves, and on others, helping them to develop healthy online habits and behaviours, and also encouraging your child to have conversations with you when they are feeling sad or worried. Find out more about the app and how to download it here.