Each year in the UK, Safer Internet Day explores a new area or theme that is important to young people. Earlier this year UK Safer Internet Centre conducted research about the time that young people spend online and found that:
- 77% of young people have spent more time playing online games and apps during the pandemic than ever before.
- 56% of young people chatted with people they don’t know, within an online game, over the past year.
- 41% of young people have blocked or reported another user because of their behaviour.
Safer Internet Day 2022 celebrates young people’s role in creating a safer internet and the ways they are shaping the interactive entertainment spaces they are a part of. The platforms young people use are spaces for connection, community and collaboration, which is why the Day challenges them to foster supportive relationships and respectful communities, whilst equipping them with the skills they need to keep themselves and others safe in these spaces.