The 2017 edition of Safer Internet Day counted on the support of more countries (130+) and more organisational supporters (60+) than ever before, right across the globe. The Safer Internet Day minisite - the home of all things SID – showcased the many events and actions taking place across all around the world, directing users to local contacts and sources of support and information for helping to establish a safer and better internet in their respective countries. The SID minisite counted more than 25,500 user sessions on the day, and attracted the attention of many more countries who hope to get involved in future editions of SID.
Much activity of the day played out through social media, with the coordination level profiles concluding the day with 16,000 fans on Facebook and 23,000 followers on Twitter. The #SID2017 and #SaferInternetDay hashtags trended worldwide several times during the day with in excess of 125,000 tweets and a potential 1.1 billion impressions.
Local actions by the global network of Safer Internet Centres, Safer Internet Day Committees and SID Supporters expand the reach of the SID messages much, much more.
The day also enjoyed the support of many influential supporters such as Twitter, INTERPOL, Europol, ITU, European Commission, Andrus Ansip, UNODC, Members of the European Parliament and UNICEF to name just a few, and saw some great industry collaborations.
This year, Google included a Safer Internet Day promotion on a few of its market search pages, promoting the #SaferInternetDay hashtag and encouraging a Google security check-up in honour of the day. Facebook provided us with free ad credit to help boost our posts. Snapchat created a special SID geofilter for its users (with a custom one for SID events in the UK and the US also), along with an original animation on its Discover channel, while Twitter helped us to raise visibility of our hashtags by creating a special Safer Internet Day emoji.
The day also marked the unveiling of self-regulatory initiatives between the European Commission, tech and telecoms companies, broadcasters, NGOs and UNICEF to address harmful content, conduct and contact online in the form of an Alliance to Better Protect Minors Online.
We thank you all for your support in making it such a huge success!
Since the day, a number of success stories have been shared on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal:
- An inspirational Safer Internet Day reaches millions across the UK
- Bulgaria: Are children empowered to benefit from the internet?
- Celebrating Safer Internet Day in Bulgaria
- Dutch Secretary of State Dijkhoff gives students lesson on cybersecurity
- European Commission welcomes cooperation for a better internet for minors on SID 2017
- Event in the Italian Parliament marks Safer Internet Day 2017
- Football and smiles for Safer Internet Day 2017
- Germany celebrates Safer Internet Day
- Privacy – Danish Safer Internet Centre releases third spot in its SID 2017 video campaign
- Let us unite for a more tolerant internet!
- Movie night - second SID spot from the Danish Safer Internet Centre
- Making rules is easy. But what about following them?
- Microsoft's Digital Civility Index challenges people to be more empathetic online
- My well-being and yours – new resource for teens
- New free educational material on digital empowerment for secondary schools
- New resources from the Finnish Hotline for SID
- Parents as digital role models on SID 2017
- Poland launches new harmful content campaign on SID 2017
- Raising awareness with Portuguese youth on SID
- Report it, don't ignore it. Together we can end child sexual abuse imagery online
- Safer Internet Day 2017 in Czechia
- Safer Internet Day 2017 in Nigeria
- Safer Internet Day 2017 in Ukraine
- Safer Internet Day celebrations in Hungary
- Safer Internet Day celebrations in Ireland
- Safer Internet Day festivities in Greece
- SID 2017 in Slovenia: Live video show "Cool manners online"
- Snapchat most used sexting medium in the Netherlands
- Spain celebrates SID 2017 with the launch of is4K – the new Spanish Safer Internet Centre
- Stakeholders must unite in eliminating child sexual abuse material online
- UK SID celebrations focus on the power of image
- UK showcases the power of image on SID 2017
- Webwise Ireland launch a new internet safety guide for parents
- Youth Ambassadors attend high-level meeting of the Alliance to Better Protect Minors Online on SID 2017
- Youth commit to being kinder online at US SID event
And, as one Safer Internet Day draws to a close, we're already starting to prepare for the next - save the date for SID 2018!