Be the change:

Unite for a better internet

Celebrated on 5th February 2017

Be the change: Unite for a better internet

2,000 organisations 49% of young people

Power of Image Report

For Safer Internet Day 2017 the UK Safer Internet Centre launched a report into the role and influence of images and videos in young people’s digital lives. 


For Safer Internet Day 2017, 1,500 young people aged 8-17 years took part in an online survey conducted by ResearchBods and commissioned by the UK Safer Internet Centre.

The aim was to explore the role of images and videos in young people’s digital lives and the influence this can have on their self-esteem, behaviour and emotions.

The findings reveal how important images and videos are in young people’s digital lives, demonstrating the positive role this plays as well as the risks and pressures they may face as a result.

It underlines the importance of ensuring that all children have the skills, knowledge, confidence and resilience to communicate using images and videos safely, responsibly and creatively. 

For Safer Internet Day 2017 the aim was to empower children to have a positive time online and inspire everyone to ‘Be the change’ and use the positive power of image to help create a better internet. 

Key findings


say they would feel disconnected
from the world if they couldn’t be online


say they have been
inspired to take action because of
something they saw online


say that the internet has helped
them through a difficult time