On Safer Internet Day (SID) 2018 (Tuesday, 6 February), Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, launched an EU-wide series of initiatives entitled #SaferInternet4EU at an event at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Although the campaign has now concluded, this page provides some background on its actions and successes.
Throughout 2018, a range of #SaferInternet4EU initiatives reached children, young people, parents, teachers, and other EU citizens to help them to become empowered and responsible digital users. It covered a wide range of topics, such as critical thinking, media literacy and digital skills necessary to identify and combat fake news and the risks brought by emerging online technologies and connected devices; and provide tips on cyber hygiene.
A number of initiatives launched as part of the campaign, including:
- a European contest to reward high-quality resources and inspiring initiatives pursuing Better Internet for Kids objectives. The competition covered three categories: professionals, teachers and youth.
- a massive open online course (MOOC) on child online safety with resources and activities for online learning in particular on fake news, cyberbullying and radicalisation. The course lasted six weeks and contained a range of activities and resources for online learning, targetting schools across Europe.
The initiatives focused on young people being given a voice and active roles in shaping the online environment. Industry, civil society, parents, carers, educators, were also involved.
A network of national #SaferInternet4EU Ambassadors was also set up.
See the EC's campaign launch presentation here (click on the image to open):
See the campaign launch presentation from the Insafe delegation of Safer Internet Centres in Europe (click on the image to open):
See also the #SaferInternet4EU campaign factsheet (click on the image to open):
See the Digital Single Market (DSM) factsheet on "Safer Internet for the EU" (click on the image to open):
Published on the occasion of Safer Internet Day 2019, the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) and #SaferInternet4EU Annual Review of the year 2018 provided a look back at the campaign's successes.