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"A better Internet starts with you."

As part of Safer Internet Day, our BBC School Reporters have written this insightful report about the importance of this event and what we’ve been doing in school to promote it.

35% of 11-17 year olds have reported that they’ve experienced cyberbullying in the UK, would you like to find out why this is?


Safer Internet Day is essentially a day to educate and to protect children who use the internet on a daily basis. Here at Whalley Range 11-18 High School, we aim to inform our students by making use of assemblies and form time, so our students can create a better society for everyone.

You may be wondering what Safer Internet Day has to offer. There are so many things that it can offer to everyone. Anyone can join in, that’s why this event is so unique, everyone is trying to improve themselves and be a better version of themselves. As well as having a better understanding of the internet, it also offers things to do on social media. As part of Safer Internet Day, Snapchat have released a filter to support the cause.

There is also a hashtag on Twitter, which is currently being retweeted millions upon millions of times. This shows how major this event is. It is not just celebrated nationally, it is celebrated globally. It shows that we, as a society, need to make a big difference to the way we use the internet.

Why should I get involved?

The reason why we need to create a safer internet for everyone, especially the future generation, is to prevent online abuse and raise awareness. Currently, one in three internet users are children, who knows what they can see online? We, the BBC School Report team, believe that everyone’s main aim should be world peace, and a good place to start is social media. It is a platform that everyone uses and it could help create a safer internet for all of us. The beauty is that you don’t even have to do anything too major to get involved! Just by simply changing your privacy settings, you could be making a huge difference. So why not give it a go?

- This report was produced by Subbu, Zainab, Faseha and Khadiija from our 2018 student BBC School Report team