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EU presents awards for online content on Safer Internet Day - 11/02/2014

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On 11 February, the EU is participating in worldwide celebrations of Safer Internet Day 2014 by presenting online awards and launching a youth manifesto and safety website.

Now in its 11th year, Safer Internet Day promotes better use of the internet and digital technologies among children, helping them to learn and play online while protecting them from harmful content - everything from cyberbullying to gambling websites and online scams. This year's slogan is "Let's create a better internet together".

To mark the day, EU Vice-President Neelie Kroes will be presenting the European Awards for Best Online Content for Kids. The competition encourages the creation of new content - from websites and blogs to videos and games - that helps young people to learn and play safely online. The 12 winners - adults and children from countries including Belgium, the Czech Republic, the UK and Iceland - have been selected from over 1100 entries from across Europe and beyond. 

Helping schools

Safer Internet Day will also see the launch of

  • a Europe-wide youth consultation on how to make the internet a better place for young people
  • the "eSafety Label" website.

The website will help schools create a safer online environment by

  • providing advice on issues such as cyberbullying and virus attacks
  • enabling schools to create their own action plans
  • establishing a forum for teachers to share experiences and for experts to help answer questions.

Through the programme, schools can earn an eSafety Label to display on their website.

Worldwide participation

Safer Internet Day began as an EU initiative in 2004 but is now celebrated in more than 100 countries, with over 10m people taking part in last year's events.

This year, countries from Albania to Venezuela have organised celebrations such as events in schools, radio shows, conferences, games and competitions.

You can find events near you on the Safer Internet Day website, or follow the celebrations on Twitter using the hashtags #betterinternet and #SID2014.

Safer Internet Day website

Best Online Content for Kids Awards

eSafety Label website

Digital Agenda for Europe

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