Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.
Safer Internet Day 2014 will be celebrated on 11 February 2014. The theme of the campaign is “Let’s create a better internet together”.
The SID 2014 website showcases some of the exciting activities and events that took place across the globe to celebrate the day in 2013, and will be updated for 2014 as the campaign gathers pace. The interactive map on the homepage shows all of the locations around the world where SID 2014 will be celebrated, and the organizations that are coordinating the activities in each country.
How to get involved in Safer Internet Day:
- Follow the Facebook and Twitter campaign pages, or view SID videos past and present on YouTube (Insafe / Pan-EU Youth)
- Spread the word through the media.
- Host an event such as a conference on online safety in your community.
- Arrange workshops in schools and private companies.
- Orchestrate debates between young people and policy-makers.
- Make contact with your National Awareness Centre or local SID Committee to find out what else is going on in your country.
This report examines the needs of the youngest internet users (aged nine and under) in terms of their online safety education. It also considers the needs of parents and teachers for appropriate resources that can help them to support the children in their care.
At the Safer Internet Forum, youth will strive together with parents, grandparents, teachers, NGOs, researchers, public institutions and industry to make the internet a better place for all. The event takes place in Brussels on 17-18 October, 2013.
The Safer Internet Forum is a major international conference that brings together a wide variety of participants and relevant stakeholders to discuss the trends, challenges, and solutions of internet safety for young people. It is organised and funded by the European Commission under the Safer Internet Programme as part of the European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children. The event will involve youth from the 30 countries of the Insafe network, with the purpose of fostering the discussion among young people about what the internet and new technologies means to them and how it influences their lives.
Several high-priority topics will be discussed:
- What more can we do to make internet a positive place where entrepreneurship and creativity are encouraged?
- How do we empower young people with the digital and citizenship skills they will need for a better online world tomorrow?
- Can industry really make online technology “safer by design”… and is it trying to do so?
- Are policy- and decision-makers listening to young users who are often at the leading edge in the online world?
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The report makes a series of recommendations to governments, industry, children, parents and teachers which range from a call for more user-friendly parental controls and online safety features to ensuring children also lead a rich life away from the computer.
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