Blackburn Rovers has pledged its support to Safer Internet Day and and is encouraging fans to ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect’ to help make the internet a better place.
Today, millions of people around the world, along with hundreds of schools and organisations across the UK, will be getting behind the global awareness campaign.
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the day is a great opportunity to talk to your family and friends about the responsible, respectful, critical and creative use of technology, and to remember that ‘a better internet starts with you’.
Rovers stars Charlie Mulgrew and Marcus Antonsson have added their support to the campaign and the club will be designating Saturday's home game against Oldham Athletic to raise further awareness.
Julie Hainsworth, Staffing and Training Manager at Rovers, backed the campaign, saying: "The safety of our staff on matchday is important.
"At the start of the season, we train our staff in the importance of internet safety as part of our wider safeguarding session.
"We ensure that the staff are aware of the privacy settings on social media that they might be signed up to and what is APPropriate when connecting and communicating with friends online."
Neil Chadwick, Head of Education at Rovers' Academy, added: "Our work at the Academy focuses around training on social media.
"We deliver training to the Under-12 to Under-16s on day release and we have a journalist who comes in to work with the Under-18s every year as part of the lifeskill programme delivered in conjunction with the LFE.
"Both sessions have similar messages - we provide guidance on aspects such as privacy settings and basic do's and don't's, as well as showing the repercussions of improper use with professional footballer examples."
Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, the club's official charity, operates a BTEC in Sport Extended Diploma programme for the benefit of around 50 students in the current academic year and takes a pro-active approach to ensuring that they are all aware of the potential pitfalls that they might face during their daily online activity.
David Hayhurst, the Trust’s Head of Secondary and Further Education, said: “In this day of age, it is really important to emphasise to our students why they need to be safe online.
“There are so many opportunities nowadays for them all to communicate using their mobile phones or laptops for example, so we wanted to ensure they are fully aware of the risks they potentially could be faced with.
“The BTEC students took the matter seriously and acknowledged the advice we gave on how to stay safe when using the internet.”
Visit the UK Safer Internet Centre website (www.saferinternet.org.uk) where you can take the Safer Internet Day quiz, see what’s happening on the day and find out more about what you can do to help your friends and family to stay safe online.
Together we can create a better internet
This Safer Internet Day the global theme is ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you’ and Rovers is calling on fans to get involved.
Here are ideas about how you can help to create a better internet:
1. Help your family and friends to have a positive time online by giving them the information they need to stay safe. See advice at www.saferinternet.org.uk.
2. Promote positive messages online, whether this is by backing a cause, helping a friend, reporting abuse or by showing support for your football club!
3. Make the internet a better place this Safer Internet Day by taking positive action online. From liking your friend’s content to sharing kind messages, post online using #SID2018 and join the #ItStartsWithUs social media campaign by sharing what positive actions you are doing this Safer Internet Day.
Find out more at www.saferinternet.org.uk
Join the conversation at #SID2018
Safer Internet Day is organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, which is a partnership of three charitable organisations, Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation.