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09 February 2016

Christians sign up to Safer Internet Day

Christians sign up to Safer Internet Day

Getting the best out of the internet and keeping children safe online is being marked by Safer Internet Day today.

Churches and faith groups are being encouraged to sign up by Alliance member the Churches Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS).

Safer Internet Day will be marked in more than 100 countries around the world using the slogan:"Let's create a better internet together."

Simon Bass, CEO of CCPAS, says: "Safer Internet Day is an excellent opportunity for churches and organisations to review their social media and online practices to ensure their policies and procedures reflect how they safely engage with children and young people.

"As well as encouraging safe internet use, it's also an opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community."

Safer Internet Day acts to encourage internet users to join together to build a better internet.

Young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, and policymakers are being encouraged to play their part.

CCPAS says Christians have a role to play in highlighting the positive side of the internet by using church online profiles to help users stay safe and create a safer online community.

The Evangelical Alliance is offering member churches and organisations access to CCPAS services at a discounted rate and will recommend their expertise. CCPAS provide a Disclosure service and Safe and Secure safeguarding material in a dedicated members' area on their website.

Through the Alliance, member churches and organisations can save 20 per cent on the rates for the Disclosure service. Members will also benefit from a five to 10 per cent reduction in the rates for a range of specialist safeguarding services. These include policy development, crisis management, specialist advice and bespoke training.

You can find out more about the Safer Internet Centre on their website, and find resources for children, schools and families.