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Posted on 02nd February 2017 | News

St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt is joining the global Safer Internet Day campaign to promote the safe and responsible use of technology.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, Safer Internet Day will take place on Tuesday 7th February 2016 with the theme ‘Be the Change: Unite for a Better Internet’.

Celebrated in over 100 countries, Safer Internet Day will see St. Mary’s Grammar School join hundreds of organisations right across the UK and globally to ‘be the change’ and help create a better internet.


To celebrate the day, St. Mary’s Grammar School is engaging in e-safety lessons with every year group, holding an iMovie competition and hosting special assemblies with over 1000 young people and 60 staff in total getting involved.

St. Mary’s Grammar School will be part of a nationwide day of action involving the #SID2017 social media campaign and youth events where young people will have the opportunity to have their say about the digital issues that affect them.

Will Gardner, Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre and CEO of Childnet, said:  “Safer Internet Day is an opportunity for everyone across the UK and globally to unite for a better internet. Whether you are a young person, parent, carer, school or organisation, we can all ‘be the change’ and take positive actions to make the internet a better place. Hundreds of schools and organisations have pledged their support for Safer Internet Day and it is this collaboration that helps ensure Safer Internet Day has such a positive impact, reaching 40% of UK children in 2016 and growing year on year.”

Deirdre Gillespie, Principal of St. Mary’s, explained: “This is an excellent opportunity for staff and pupils to raise their awareness about the importance of protecting and developing a positive online image and reputation. The focus on a Safer Internet is beneficial to everyone and #SID2017 has generated a great buzz and enthusiasm throughout the school community.”

Find out more and get involved at www.saferinternetday.org.uk.