Internet safety

We aim to support organisations and create initiatives that reach and influence at least 150,000 young people – ensuring the advice and support about a positive and safe relationship online is both accessible and meaningful.

Whilst most young people believe the internet creates positive opportunities for them, there are critical issues that require continuous focus.  From e-safety to etiquette, through to cyberbullying and exposure to inappropriate content – young people and their carers need to access support, guidance and advice in ways that really work.

We aim to reach and influence at least 150,000 young people.

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Partnering with the Scouts

Badge for Safer Internet Day

To mark Safer Internet Day this year on 11th February, we worked with the Scouts to launch a dedicated badge focused on online safety. The Safer Internet Day Fun badge is designed to help drive healthy and positive relationships with technology and it was available to over 400,000 Scouts in the UK throughout February 2020.

Tapping into the theme of this year’s Safer Internet Day – online identity, this badge had two age related activities to help young people spot fake news and be more aware of their digital footprint. Through fun and interactive tasks, the activities are intended to aid resilience, critical thinking and improve safety online.

Matt Hyde, Chief Executive of the Scout Association comments:

“Given our unique position working with hundreds of thousands of girls and boys to build life skills, we work hard to understand and find the best ways to engage them in having a healthy and positive relationship with technology – as well as enjoying the great outdoors. Engaging Scouts right across our Movement on an important topic in an appealing way is a key part of this, and we are delighted to be delivering this badge for Safer Internet Day thanks to Nominet, who sponsor our Digital Citizen Badge.”

Scouts Digital Citizen badge

We are also helping the Scouts develop a new curriculum for its Digital Citizen badge to better equip young people with the tools they need to thrive both offline and online.

Scouts Digital Citizen Badge

To help us develop the new curriculum we commissioned research into what it means to be a Digital Citizen in 2019, identifying the key areas associated with Digital Citizenship where Scouting could help young people. Read the research here.

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Keeping children safe online

Today, a young person’s life is a complex combination of the on and offline world. Has our understanding of, and approach to safety, education and resilience-building evolved in the same way?

Our ‘Keeping children safe online’ research looks in detail at the online education surrounding young people at a critical point in the wider debate concerning online harms and has been undertaken to inform how we support this vital area moving forward.

Read the research