Every February, Safer Internet Day offers millions of people around the world opportunity to raise awareness among children and young people about Internet safety and well-being. For this reason, media can help multiply global reach of Safer Internet Day by using this event as an opportunity to explore the importance of online safety and digital literacy for children and young people in media production. As a day draws nearer, infographics and other media material are provided, and a number of news articles will be published on Safer Internet Day celebrations and events around the world.
Safer Internet Day is celebrated on the second Tuesday in February each year, when Safer Internet Centers, Safer Internet Day committees and other supporters in each country come together to plan and organize events.
What is Safer Internet Day?
Safer internet day (SID) is a pan-European initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially youth. In Ireland, it is promoted by PDST Technology in Education and Webwise. Safer Internet Day theme is Together for a Better Internet, and in 2020 over 170,000 people took part! This year's Safer Internet Day Safer Internet Day will take place on Tuesday, February 9th, and there are many ways to celebrate!
SID Hub provides many ideas, fun activities and free resources that you can use to improve your online safety. Remember, no matter how big or small your event is, sign up for Safer Internet Day and mark your school or organization on a map!
This year's Safer Internet Day events may look a little different as we adapt to restrictions associated with Covid-19 and the additional requirements it may impose on people. It also includes free templates and assignments, as well as prepared presentations that can be easily adapted to needs of individual teachers or schools.
On Safer Internet Day, Webwise will air a short webinar for high school students that explores the role technology has played in our lives this year and explores ways to help students manage online well-being. This event will provide an opportunity to hear about the experiences of figures from a world of entertainment, sports, cyberpsychology and the high-tech industry. Joining this discussion are 2FM's, Eogan McDermott, Cyberpsychologist, Dr. Nicola Fox-Hamilton, Head of Public Policy for Children and Families at Google, Dr. Alicia Blum-Ross, Irish National Football Player of Dublin Eamon Fennell. The discussion will be moderated by Billy Constantinou, a member of Webwise Youth Advisory Group. This event will be available online on Safer Internet Day, Tuesday 9 February, at Webwise.ie and on Webwise Ireland's Facebook and Twitter channels.
Managing your online wellbeing is a safer online experience. Remote Activity
As we adapt to distance learning environments, managing our online wellbeing is more important than ever. What is Online Wellbeing? Our online well-being can be influenced by the content we see, our interactions, choices we make. And even how much time we spend using technology and Internet. This year, as we spend even more time online, it is important to take time to reflect on how going online can affect the way we feel, think, and behave. The theme for Safer Internet Day 2021 is online wellness and digital sustainability. To promote this idea within their campaign, they use the hashtag #SID2021.