‘Hopefully, in 10 years’ time, the internet will be a nicer place.’ - Secondary School pupil

 

We would all, of course, agree that the internet should be a safer and more respectful place, but how does the next generation think the internet will change and how could it be made better?

In the run-up to Safer Internet Day (6 February), we’ve been engaging with local schools in Corsham. Ten schools – all those in the local area – have been involved and over 2,000 children across the age groups have responded to a survey about their online usage and behaviours. More detailed results will be published on this blog next week.

 

Before then, here’s a taster of some of the pupils’ fascinating and insightful responses to some of the survey questions.

On the question of who is responsible for making the internet safer primary age children gave wideranging answers from The Queen to Siri, from Mummy to my Head Teacher, to the Community, to everyone in the World.

Looking ahead to what the internet will be like in a decade, views from a range of secondary school students included:

‘that, in 10 years’ time the internet will be faster, safer, cooler, more private, more sophisticated and there will be artificial intelligence and more social media’.

 

And how could it be better?

‘The internet would be a better place if there were less adverts, less hackers, more filtering of inappropriate content and more privacy.’  - Secondary School pupils

‘The internet would be a safer place if people only signed up to social media accounts for their age and if people were more careful who they talk to online.’ - Secondary School pupils

‘The internet would be a better place if there wasn’t so much pressure on your appearance.’ - Secondary School pupil

 

The full survey responses and the statistical results will be presented in a week-long public exhibition in Corsham to coincide with Safer Internet Day and then in further reports and blogs by Ci.

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year, to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, it involves over a thousand schools and hundreds of organisations getting involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology by children and young people. 

Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.

More details about our work for Safer Internet Day can be found here.