Safer Internet Day (SID) is an international event taking place in February every year, which promotes a safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones by children and young people across the world.

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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 100 countries worldwide, and across six of the world’s seven continents.

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, 6 February 2018. The 2018 theme, "Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you" is 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.

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".

More information

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.

6 February 2015
Last update: 
12 March 2018
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