Today is Safer Internet Day!

While the world of the Internet can sometimes be a scary place, there is a day, in February, every year, that promotes a safer and altogether friendlier environment online.

That day is Safer Internet Day (SID).

Now in its tenth year, there are events planned around the globe that will celebrate what is great about the Internet and the online communities that exist. The theme for the day this year is “Online rights and responsibilities” and users will be encouraged to “Connect with respect.

You can use the map on the site to locate a ‘SID near you’ and explore the news and feedback from many of the countries taking part. You can even submit your own ideas for activities or events throughout the day. Although the fact that everything kicks off today, it might be a bit late to plan a SID event, but you can still get involved by promoting the campaign.

We’ve all had bad days at the office and those off the cuff posts that used to be flippant comments to your wife or friends are now more public. And with more and more pressure on social networks like Twitter and Facebook to clamp down on impulsive user posts, campaigns like this can help those users who are angry, frustrated or miserable to detach themselves from a situation, even just for a moment, take a deep breath and think before they post.

Hopefully, as awareness is raised, we can avoid situations like this and this.

Source and image: Safer Internet Day

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