Kirsty Williams, Wales Education Minister

This year’s UK Safer Internet Day theme is extremely fitting for the current climate and the Welsh Government is fully supportive of the campaign.   

Over the past year we have seen many examples of conspiracy theories, fake news and scams circulating online and being able to recognise misinformation is more important now than ever before.

In Wales we see Safer Internet Day as an excellent opportunity to highlight the importance of critical thinking and called on schools to get involved by enter our ‘Tackling Misinformation’ digital storytelling competition.

It is essential that our children and young people are supported to become responsible digital citizens.

This includes equipping them with the skills to be able to think critically to identify misinformation, educating them on the devastating impact it can have on individuals and whole societies, and understanding how they can protect themselves and others from its influence.