Today marks the most important day in our calendar year at Digital Awareness UK, Safer Internet Day. Schools around the world will unite to celebrate a day that has been designed to achieve what we campaign for every day of the year - helping people to use the internet safely.
The theme for this year is 'exploring reliability in the online world', a topic we think is more important to address today than at any other time in our history (so we've created a little fake news jargon buster at the end of this post to test your knowledge on the topic).
In the last year we've seen our security and democracy come under threat as a tsunami of scams and fake news gave rise to a pandemic in itself, which we continue to fight. People who watched The Social Dilemma must be wondering if Netflix had a crystal ball when they sounded the alarm on the dangerous human impact of social networking on democracy and a few months later the Capitol riots descended on Washington.
"Anyone who knows us at Digital Awareness UK will know that we are ever-optimistic that about the positive role technology will play in the lives of future generations. We believe that we'll come out the other side of this dark and muddy phase of the digital revolution with a fine-tuned ability to syphon out the 'reals' from the 'fakes."
In the meantime, fake news is travelling six times faster than real news and it's critical that young people are able to confidently to flex their critical thinking muscles when 'exploring reliability in the online world'.
For those of you who want to know their 'misinformations' from their 'mal-informations', here's a few fake news jargon buster to test your knowledge:
And don't forget that we have a host of resources, all designed to empower young people to use the internet safely and responsibly.
Happy Safer Internet Day from all at Digital Awareness UK.