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Picture This: A Safer Internet
February 8, 2011

Today, February 8th, marks the annual Safer Internet Day. Safer Internet Day is organised by Insafe each year in February to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.

So we’ve decided to use today’s Picture This post to help spread the message of the importance of online safety.

Each year involves a specific theme, and the topic for 2011 is “our virtual lives” based around the slogan “It’s more than a game, it’s your life”

Safer Internet Day 2011

Teaching Activity

Discuss with your students the importance of online safety and how they can protect themselves when using the internet. Use some of the following facts and messages from Insafe to stimulate discussion:


Gamers spend on average 8 hours weekly playing online.

Young people sleep 2 to 3 hours less per night than 10 years ago.

In January 2010, 18 million accounts were registered on Second Life.

Facebook reports more than 500 million active users.

Users spend 700 billion minutes on Facebook each month.


Hiding behind your avatar, pseudo or profile page will not shield you.

Your actions in your virtual life can impact on your real life.

Monitor your playing activities: a balance between online and offline is important.

Look for virtual worlds that don’t encourage consumerism.

More resources on eSafety can be found on the Safer Internet Day website here.

Learner Outcomes

Create awareness and understanding of the importance of online safety

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