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Lloyds Banking Group is proud to support Safer Internet Day which is celebrated globally in February each year and here in the UK it is led by the UK Safer Internet Centre. To mark Safer Internet Day 2017 young people across the UK are joining Government ministers, celebrities, industry figures, schools and the police services to inspire people to ‘Be the Change’ and unite for a better internet. This year the campaign takes place on February 7th and gives people the opportunity to help promote the responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

New research by UK Safer Internet Centre launched alongside Safer Internet Day reveals just how central a role images and video play in young people’s digital lives, being powerful tools of communication, self-expression and creativity. The majority of 8-17-year-olds (84%) have shared a photo online, with an even higher proportion of 95% amongst 13-17-year-olds. Of those surveyed, in the last hour 1 in 8 young people (12%) said they had shared a selfie, almost 1 in 3 had used YouTube (31%), 1 in 4 had used Snapchat (25%), and more than 1 in 5 had used Instagram (22%).

Over 1,000 organisations are supporting the day, including charities and schools across the UK, who are all coming together to deliver a range of inspiring activities.

“Lloyds Banking Group is delighted to support Safer Internet Day. We are encouraging our network of over 23,000 Digital Champions across the UK to get involved with volunteering at local schools or with networks such as Scouts, Girl Guides and School Governors. Their aim is to promote and raise awareness of the safe and positive use of the internet amongst young people, parents, guardians and carers.” Nick Williams, Managing Director, Consumer and Commercial Digital

Safer Internet Day is just one of the ways Digital Champions at Lloyds Banking Group are getting involved in their local communities. As part of the Helping Britain Prosper Plan Lloyds Banking Group has achieved one of its targets to help communities prosper by recruiting more than 20,000 colleagues to become Digital Champions by 2017 – that’s around one in four colleagues who’ve pledged to increase the digital skills and financial capability of our customers, people and organisations in their local community.

Play your part for Safer Internet Day:

Get involved and play your part in creating a better internet; on Twitter you can use the hashtag #SID2017 or mention @UK_SIC

Take the #SID2017 quiz with your child today and teach them to be kind and respectful online @UK_SIC

Talk to your children about staying safe online on #SID2017, with advice from @UK_SIC

For more information about Safer Internet Day visit the UK Safer Internet Centre website.

We have over 23,000 Digital Champions across the UK

 

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