The Safer Internet Day (SID) is an international event taking place every year, usually in February. It promotes a safer and a more responsible use of online technology by children and young people across the world.
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 Safe Borders 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 recognised in more than 140 countries across all continents reaching 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. The 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 each opportunity comes a risk. The goal of SID is to increase and raise awareness but also to provide help by concrete actions to provide protection and empowerment of children and young people online.
Digital world knows no borders, and everybody needs 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.
Source (text and image): https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/safer-internet-day-sid, last accessed on February 12th, 2021