Over the years, Safer Internet Day (SID) has become a landmark event in the online safety calendar. Starting in 2004 under the first Safer Internet Action Plan as an initiative of the EU funded SafeBorders project and taken up by Insafe, the network of Safer Internet Centres, Safer Internet Day has grown beyond its traditional geographic zone and is now celebrated in more than 170 countries across all continents, and reaches millions of people worldwide.
Each year SID calls for action from the many players involved in providing a safer and better digital environment for the young users: decision makers at EU, national and international level, industry, civil society, educators, parents and young people themselves. Internet is a powerful tool with enormous opportunities for learning, enhancing skills and acquiring new abilities and knowledge, as highlighted especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with opportunities come risks. The goal of SID is to raise awareness but also to help by concrete actions to provide protection and empowerment of children and young people online.
Digital world knows no borders, and 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.
‘Together for a better internet’
This year's Safer Internet Day celebrations are taking place on Tuesday, 9 February, under the slogan ‘Together for a better internet’. The European Commission will mark the day with an online event together with Better Internet for Kids Youth Ambassadors and representatives of the industry Alliance to better protect minors online and the civil society. There will a presentation of the outcome of the Youth Pledge for child appropriate terms and conditions launched on SID 2020, followed by a round table discussion on the way forward for a more trustworthy digital transformation.
On SID 2020 the European Commission organised an expert workshop to explore the potential of Artificial Intelligence in fight against online child sexual abuse material and hosted a launch of the Youth Pledge, a youth-led co-creation process with industry partners.
SID 2019 was one of the milestones of the #SaferInternet4EU campaign which had 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’ highlighted every user’s responsibility and role in engaging with others in a respectful way online. The #SaferInternet4EU campaign was launched.
Safer Internet Day 2016 encouraged each of us to play 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.