Next year’s Safer Internet Day celebrations will take place on Tuesday, 5 February 2019. The campaign’s slogan, “Together for a better internet”, is a call to action for all stakeholders to join together and play their part in creating a better internet for young people.
Safer Internet Day is organised by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission. They promote the safe and positive use of digital technology, especially among children and young people. Each year millions of people unite to inspire positive change and raise awareness of online safety, participating in events and activities across the globe.
Safer Internet Day aims to empower young people to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. By celebrating the positive power of the internet, the 2019 Safer Internet Day theme of “Create, Connect and Share Respect: a better internet starts with you” encourages everyone to join the global movement.
Safer Internet Day aims to reach out to everyone and encourage them to play their part in creating a better internet.
With a global, community-led approach, Safer Internet Day 2019 encourages everyone to join and play their part:
- Children and young people can help to create a better internet by being kind and respectful to others online. They must protect their online reputation and seek out positive opportunities to create, engage and share online.
- Parents and carers play a crucial role in empowering and supporting children to use technology responsibly and respectfully. They must ensure open dialogue with their children, educating them and acting as digital role models.
- Teachers and social workers can create a better internet by equipping pupils and students with digital literacy skill. Develop critical thinking skills which help to navigate the online world. Empower young people to make positive choices online and can set personal examples for their peers.
- Industry can help by promoting positive content and safe services online, and by empowering users to respond to any issues by providing clear safety advice.
- Decision makers and politicians need to provide the culture in which all of the above can thrive. They must lead in governance and legislation, ensuring the safety and well-being of young people through effective child protection strategies for the online world.
Everyone has a responsibility to make a positive difference online. Promote the positive by being kind and respectful to others and seeking out positive opportunities to create and connect. Respond to the negative by reporting any inappropriate or illegal content.
We invite everyone to join us across the globe, to help create a better internet on Tuesday, 5 February 2019.
A better internet starts with you!