Exploring the Role of Occupational Therapy, OTalk, Professionalism, Social Media

#OTalk 11th Feb 2014 – Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day (OT Role)

Date:  11/02/2014  Host: @GillyGorry & @Helen_OTUK

Blog Post  –  Transcript

Tuesday 11th February 2014 is Safer Internet Day.

The theme is – Let’s create a better Internet together

Safer Internet Day Descriptionreference
Safer Internet Day 2014 – Let’s create a better internet together.
Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre in February of each year to promote the safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for children and young people. Safer Internet Day 2014 will take place on Tuesday 11th February 2014, with the theme ‘let’s create a better internet together’. The day offers the opportunity to focus on both the creative things that children and young people are doing online, as well as the role and responsibility that all stakeholders have in helping to create a better internet.
The UKSIC provides Safer Internet Day specific resources and support for children and young people, parents and carers as well as teachers and school staff and facilitates a wide range of organizations to join together to amplify the safer internet message.
The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading charitable organisations, Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) and the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). These organisations are committed to working to make a safer and better internet. All partners recognise the unparalleled opportunities the internet offers and actively encourage its positive use for social, leisure, economic and educational advancement. The partners all work towards the Childnet target; to make the Internet a great and safe place for children. The UK Safer Internet Centre is online at http://www.saferinternet.org.uk.
Before the chat

  • Why not take the quiz and see how safely you use the Internet. Please note you can select more than one option per question – in fact you should select all options that you think are correct.
  • Google yourself to review your online identity/digital footprint – reflect on what you discovered – share with us in the chat if anything surprised you and if you have decided to make any changes as a result.

During the chat

Consider the following:

What does a better internet look like?

Quick debate – reference
“Websites and services that allow you to communicate anonymously have made the internet a better place.”
How accountable do you feel for your actions online?

(I can see a link to our early chat on bullying and the great work by the late Terry Olivas-De La O)

  • Safer Internet Day is focused on children and young people but what client groups that you work with do you think could benefit from work on safer use of the internet, and why?
  • Considering our unique skill set what could OTs add to this project/ how could we address these issues in practice?
  • What could occupational science research add to our understanding of how people use the Internet?

After the chat

  • Can you take time to offer to look at people’s privacy settings with them.
  • What are you going to do to help make the Internet a better place?
  • How can you incorporate awareness of Safer Internet use in your practice?

Gill has kindly agreed to step into my place and host this chat so that I can take advantage of my friend winning tickets to a musical. I’ll review the tweets and post the summary, maybe with a little addition of my own, in a couple of days time.



Here is a link to the Healthcare Hashtags transcript of the chat.

PDF of the transcript…11 Feb 2014


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