Safer Internet Day
Internet safety becomes more important year by year due to rampant threats to cyber security and explicit online content. To educate everyone about online security and keep them protected, Safer Internet Day (SID) is held annually on the first Tuesday of February. The day is commemorated globally to promote a safer and more responsible use of the internet.
The next Safer Internet Day will be observed on Tuesday, February 6th, 2024. Let’s briefly discuss the history of Safer Internet Day and its current activities.
Background of Safer Internet Day
Millions of people join Safer Internet Day events and activities each year organized by SID supporters. It was initiated by the EU SafeBorders project in 2004 by Insafe a European network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs). In 2009, the day was first observed outside Europe.
More than 200 countries celebrate the event worldwide, and over 150 global SID committees are working to make the day successful. The main committee of the SID is based in European Union in Brussels.
Each SID committee consists of leading actors who are involved in the online safety arena like researchers, industry, and NGOs. There are SID committees in most of the country in the world. If your country hasn’t a SID committee, you can form one by contacting the proper authority.
Previous Versions of Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day has been taking place annually since 2004. Here I’ll talk about several previous editions of SID.
|Year of Safer Internet Day||Some Key Things|
|Safer Internet Day 2004, 6 February||
|Safer Internet Day 2010, 9 February||
|Safer Internet Day 2015, 10 February||
|Safer Internet Day 2020, 11 February||
|Safer Internet Day 2021, 9 February||
Proposed Activities for Safer Internet Day
SID Committee organizes various activities on Safer Internet Day to make the day fruitful and increase its reach across the world. Some of the common activities that they plan for Safer Internet Day are;
- Awareness campaigns in media using video clips, social media campaigns, songs, posters, and many more
- Television programs
- Radio announcement
- Competition for children
- Press conference inviting the celebrities who support SID
- Session on internet safety involving governments, lawmakers, educators, parents, researchers, children, and so on
- Publication of recent research and results on online safety
- Visiting schools to make students and teachers aware of internet safety
- Free resources to be safe online
Note: The activities may vary a bit depending upon the decision of the SID committee in your country.
What Type of Cyber Security Does Safer Internet Day Promote?
Safer Internet Day provides lots of beneficial content to ensure online safety for everyone. Some of the best ways how SID helps us to extend cyber security are;
Educating Others about Online Safety
This annual event comprises different presentations, workshops, or campaigns that educate people about how to stay safe online. These include many of the topics we cover within our own categories on Safe Search Kids.
Encouraging the Use of Strong Passwords
Strong passwords are an essential part of online security. Safer Internet Day will encourage people to use complex passwords and to change them regularly.
Promoting Online Privacy
SID helps to understand the importance of protecting personal information online and encourages everyone to be aware of what they share online.
Encouraging Responsible Social Media Use
Social media is now a widely used platform to connect with others, but it’s important to use it responsibly. Safer Internet Day encourages people to think before they post and to be respectful of others online.
Promoting Cyberbullying Prevention
Cyberbullying can have serious consequences, so it’s important to educate people about how to recognize and prevent it.
Encouraging Responsible Gaming
Online gaming can be a lot of fun, but it’s important to use it safely, sensibly and to be aware of possible addiction issues.
Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of online safety. This annual event will help to educate and promote internet safety for all. Hopefully, Safer Internet Day will bring some good prospects. Be prepared for the upcoming Safer Internet Day.