Today is Safer Internet Day (SID) #SID2016. This event occurs every year in February to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children. This year's theme is:
"Play your part for a better Internet"
There are events in 100 countries worldwide. The European Commission’s Safer Internet Programme started the event, which has continued under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). This is the 13th annual event. According to its press release:
"Last year’s celebrations saw more than 19,000 schools and 28 million people involved in SID actions across Europe, while over 60 million people were reached worldwide..."
Hans Martens, Digital Citizenship Programme Manager at European Schoolnet and Coordinator of the Insafe Network said:
“The theme of ‘Play your part for a better internet’ truly reflects how stakeholders from across the world can and should work together to build a trusted digital environment for all. This approach is at the core of the Better Internet for Kids agenda, and we look forward to seeing many exciting onitiatives and collaborations, both on the day of SID itself and beyond."
Sophos, a security firm, described six safety tips for families. That includes learning to spot phishing scams to avoid password-stealing computer viruses and ransomware. Children need to learn how to create strong passwords, and never use these weak passwords. Read about several SID events in California, including teens brainstorming ways to fight online bullying and teens helping adults.
To learn more, watch the video below and then visit SaferInternetDay.org for events in your country.