Over the years, Safer Internet Day (SID) has become a landmark event in the online safety calendar. Starting as an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project in 2004 and taken up by the Insafe network, Safer Internet Day has grown beyond its traditional geographic zone and is now celebrated in more than 140 countries across all continents, and reaches millions of people worldwide.
From cyberbullying to social networking each year SID aims to address the current issues that influence especially young users online. Internet is a powerfull tool with enormous opportunities for learning, enhancing skills and acquiring new abilities and knowledge. However, with opportunities come risks. The goal of SID is to raise awareness but also to help by concrete actions to create not only a safe place but also a better place to be when being online. In order to achieve this goal SID offers the possibility for children, young students, teachers, parents, industry, policy makers, decision takers and other stakeholders to co-create better Internet.
This year's Safer Internet Day celebrations are taking place on Tuesday, 11 February. In 2020 the day continues under last year’s theme ‘Together for a better internet’ to underline that all of us play a part in creating a better internet. Digital world does not recognise any borders, and therefore we need everyone to join in and work with others in a way that ensures a better digital experience for all of us, and especially for the younger users.
The European Commission will mark the day with an expert workshop on exploring the potential of Artificial Intelligence in fight against online child sexual abuse material and with a youth-led initiative.
The 2019 slogan, "Together for a better internet", was a call to action for all stakeholders to join together and play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, and especially for younger users. It was one of the milestones of the #SaferInternet4EU campaign which reached over 30 million people in 2018 with over 1800 new resources on online safety, media literacy and cyber hygiene.
The 2018 theme, "Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you" was a call to action for every stakeholder to play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, in particular the youngest users. More than that, it is an invitation for everyone to join in and engage with others in a respectful way in order to ensure a better digital experience. The celebrations took place on February 6.
2017 year's slogan "Be the change: Unite for a better internet" emphasized the importance of collaboration and unity. The celebrations took place on February 7.
Safer Internet Day 2016 encouraged each of us playing our own part - in other words taking the responsibility in our own hands.
The Safer Internet Day 2015 promoted the collaborative approach of all stakeholders - "Let's create better Internet together".
To discover resources on online safety and more information about the network of European Safer Internet Centres visit the Better Internet for Kids website.
To find out what is happening in your country check the Safer Internet Day website.