In a bid to promote online safety and to celebrate this Safer Internet Day, we are asking our Guardian students to share positive messages online to their friends and followers. To mark the annual celebration, the #PositveVibesOnly campaign encourages Bright World students to send out at least one positive tweet, direct message, or status to their followers and friends.
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, Safer Internet Day sees hundreds of organisations join a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. The Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading charities – Childnet International, the Internet Watch Foundation and South West Grid for Learning, (SWGfL) - with a shared mission to make the internet a better place for children and young people.
In keeping with this year's theme of "Together for a better internet", we are asking our students to help spread positive messages using the #PositiveVibesOnly hashtag. Sometimes it can be acts as small as complimenting someone's selfie on Instagram, or praising somebody's achievements on Facebook, that can have a positive impact on someone's day and really make a difference.
Our #PositiveVibes only campaign aims to shed light on the already much discussed issue of social media and its impact on mental health. With over 27 thousand studying at British schools without their parents, international students can be vulnerable and at risk when they are online. Bright World works with over 400 UK Boarding Schools and Universities nationwide and so we hope the message can spread far and wide across as many channels as possible.
“By inspiring our students to use the internet in a way which is positive for their own mental well-being, we hope that others will take notice and follow the trend.” Jenny Rumble, Safeguarding & Operations Manager, Bright World
Communicating on social media can cause harm and become detrimental to young people and to their mental health and wellbeing, with the average number of people checking their phone as much as 28 times a day.
A large number of Bright World students choose to register with social networking sites, using these as a method of keeping in contact with friends during their studies at Boarding School or University. As guardians, we continue urge our students to take greater care online care by reminding them of the dangers that can come as a result of using the internet.
Join the #PositiveVibesOnly movement today and help to make the internet a safer place.