Since inception in 1995, Childnet’s mission has been to make the internet a great and safe place for children. We aim to give children age 3-19 the skills to stay safe online, and to empower their parents, teachers and others working with them to have confidence and knowledge to prevent and respond to online risks such as cyberbullying, sexual exploitation and exposure to inappropriate content such as pornographic or pro-anorexia websites. At the heart of all our work is the belief that when used properly the internet is a wonderfully positive tool for children and young people. We strive to take a balanced approach, making sure that we promote the positive opportunities, as well as responding to the risks and equipping children and young people to deal with them.
We deliver innovative and award-winning resources and education sessions which develop digital and esafety skills, reaching thousands of children from the ages of 3 - 19, parents, carers and teachers in the UK every year, Working directly with these audiences is important in helping us to equip them to stay safe online and informs the resources that we develop for them. The conversations that we have with them also help to inform how we develop and respond to policy issues and the messages that we take to government and the internet industry about the real experiences of children and young people and what needs to be done to make them safer.
In recognition of our excellent track record, we were appointed by the European Commission as the Safer Internet Centre for the UK with our partner organisations Internet Watch Foundation and South West Grid for Learning, and in this role we coordinate Safer Internet Day which reaches over 50 million people in the UK every year. As a small charity with just 9 full time staff we recognise the importance of collaboration and this Safer Internet Day 2014 we encouraged over 600 partners to take part in the day, including the BBC, Sky, Google, Argos, Facebook, O2, Twitter and many schools.
We aim to listen to the experiences and views of young people and a key part of our work is giving young people a platform to speak to policy makers. As the only European organisation on Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board we are in an unrivalled position to shape the online environment so popular with children.