Commenting ahead of Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 8 February, Rosamund McNeil, assistant general secretary of the National Education Union, said:
“The National Education Union is proud to support Safer Internet Day to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
“The internet can and does have a positive effect on young people’s lives but we must also recognise the harms. We know that young people have spent more time playing online games and apps during the pandemic than ever before. It is important that children and young people are equipped with the skills and strategies to spot and speak out against harmful and misleading content online.
“We welcome this year’s theme of exploring respect and relationships online. Respect and relationships play a key part in the work we are doing to challenge sexism in schools and so we welcome the chance to focus on this and to celebrate young people’s role in creating a safer internet.”