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) under the European Strategy for Better Internet for Children.
Now in its seventeenth 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 "Together for a better internet" as well as an initiative that promotes safety online with "Better Internet for Kids" (BIK). It includes an online portal with information on how to deal with cyberbullying and general online safety tips.
If you want to take part in the day's activities, you can locate a ‘SID near you’ and explore the news and feedback from many of the countries taking part as well as partners. 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.
This year, stakeholders are once again called to action for creating a safer and better internet, especially for its youngest users:
In order to face the societal challenges posed by digitalisation today and tomorrow, we must ensure that the largest possible number of children and young people are adequately prepared to handle digital technologies responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. Only then can they experience the digital world as a place of knowledge, culture and opportunities.
Source & Image: Safer Internet Day (press release)
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