Safer Internet Day 2019 – yet another roaring success!
- BIK Team
On Tuesday, 5 February 2019, the Safer Internet Day campaign turned 16 – and what a great day it was! Under the unifying slogan of "Together for a better internet", we called upon all stakeholders to join forces and bring their contribution to making the internet a safer and better place for all – especially for children and young people.
Year on year, SID has grown to encompass more and more supporting countries and this year hasn't been any different! In 2019, over 150 countries and more than 90 organisational supporters raised awareness of the need for everyone to play their part in making the internet a safer and better place, right across the globe. The Safer Internet Day website – the home of all things SID – showcased the many events and actions taking place around all 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. During the build-up towards the big day, throughout the month of January and on 5 February itself, the SID site counted more than 107,000 user sessions, 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: over 680 people decided to let their friends and followers know they stand for a better internet by adding badge (a Twibbon) to their social media profile pictures. Fan and follower levels on coordination level social media profiles have equally soared, currently boasting over 19,000 fans on Facebook and 35,400 followers on Twitter. The #SID2019, #SaferInternetDay and #SaferInternetDay2019 hashtags trended worldwide several times during the day lighting up the social media sphere as the day unfolded:
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.
This year also, Safer Internet Day had many influential supporters to help spread the SID message on social media among which European Commission, Commissioner Gabriel, the Mayor of London, Spanish Royal House, Chancellor Angela Merkel, INTERPOL, UNODC, Twitter, Instagram, Amnesty International NZ, Google CEO, UNICEF, BBC, Microsoft and MTV.
As always, there was also some great industry support for the day. As on previous occasions, Twitter helped us to raise visibility of our hashtags by creating a special Safer Internet Day emoji, by providing Ads for Good credit and, for the first time this year, by localising the main campaign hashtag for local languages (Spanish, Portuguese (Europe & Brazil), German, French, Turkish, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia, and Hindi)!
#SaferInternetDay is being recognized all over the world. We're dedicated to making Twitter a safe place for free expression and encouraging online respect and responsibility.— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) 5 febbraio 2019
Join in the conversation. Share how you're working towards a better internet. https://t.co/uDuO2PlhgM pic.twitter.com/ZOGPxfBtGo
Google included a Safer Internet Day promotion on many of its market search pages while also encouraging a Google security check-up in honour of the day, and also launched the Be Internet Awesome initiative with Facebook. Facebook also provided free ad credit to help boost our posts and Snapchat created a special SID geofilter for its users, while TikTok joined the campaign for the first time and raised awareness about SID through their videos.
We thank you all for your support in making it such a huge success!
And, as always, as one Safer Internet Day draws to a close, we're already starting to prepare for the next - save the date for SID 2020!
In the meantime, this year, apart from preparing for #SID2020, we will be organising other campaigns and online safety events, in particular under the umbrella of the #SaferInternet4EU initiative, which we invite you to keep an eye on. So don't forget to keep checking the Safer Internet Day website for the latest information, like our SID Facebook page and follow SID on Twitter.
Last but not least, we invite you subscribe to the quarterly Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Bulletin, which will provide the perfect overview of our biggest events, campaigns and publications!
- Office of the eSafety Commissioner, the Australian Safer Internet Day Committee
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is the Australian Safer Internet Day (SID) Committee. In addition to the official theme "Together for a better internet", the organisation encouraged all Australians to collaborate with their communities and support each other in developing the critical skills required for navigating the online world, known as the 4Rs – Respect, Resilience, Reasoning and Responsibility.
- Slovak Safer Internet Centre
Safer Internet Day 2019 was celebrated in Slovakia with a focus on regulating excessive use of digital devices such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops and other devices surrounding us on a daily basis. To mark the day, the project Bezinternetu.sk ("without the internet" in Slovak) was launched and introduced to representatives of the public and media.
- Anarestan, the Iranian Safer Internet Day Committee
The international Safer Internet Day (SID) was celebrated in Iran for the second time, on Tuesday, 5 February 2019. The main event, organised by Anarestan (Amin SMD Co.), was attended by Mr. Khosrow Saljooghi, Executor of Support program of developing kids' cyberspace services as part of Iran's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
- Internet Hotline, the Hungarian hotline
In Hungary, widespread online abuse where "content is made accessible without permission" spurred five Communication and Media Science BA students from the Corvinus University of Budapest to produce a film that was supported by National Media and Infocommunications Authority. Now, to mark Safer Internet Day 2019, it was promoted – with consent from the authors – as part of a mini-campaign on YouTube.
- APLE Cambodia, the Cambodian hotline
APLE Cambodia, an NGO focused on the fight against child sexual abuse and exploitation (CSAE), operates an internet reporting platform allowing the public to report suspected CSAE.
- Cyprus Safer Internet Centre
In Cyprus, on Tuesday, 5 February 2019, as part of the international Safer Internet Day (SID), a conference was held on the topic ‘Together for a better internet'.
- Norwegian Safer Internet Centre
Since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) made its way through Europe last summer, a new discussion has emerged – and it is perhaps high time: what does the age limits and ratings on social media mean? And when do we, as grown-ups, determine that it is "ok to join"?
- Infoem, the Mexican Safer Internet Day Committee
The Institute of Transparency, Access to Public Information and Protection of Personal Data of the State of Mexico and Municipalities (Infoem) organised a conference "Information and Disinformation in the Digital Age" in the "Lic. Adolfo López Mateos" Campus of the Preparatory School of the Autonomous University of Mexico State (UAEM).
- Irish Safer Internet Centre
Across Ireland, Safer Internet Day (SID) has attracted more participants than ever before. This year, almost 145,000 people signed up to Safer Internet Day in the Ireland Event Map, highlighting what they were doing to celebrate Safer Internet Day. Over 140 countries observe Safer Internet Day worldwide, and that number is growing each year. To mark Safer Internet Day 2019, on Tuesday, 5 February 2019, Webwise, the internet safety initiative of the Department of Education and Skills and Irish Safer Internet Centre (SIC), launched a new educational resource called "HTML Heroes – An Introduction to the Internet".
- Silja Nielsen, Head of Community and Safety at Momio
For Safer Internet Day 2019, kids-friendly social media platform Momio organised an entire week of fun activities to get their young users thinking about what a good internet behaviour should be. In this article, Silja Nielsen, Head of Community and Safety at Momio, reflects on the week of awareness raising.
- ISOC Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka Safer Internet Day Committee
The Sri Lanka Chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC Sri Lanka) has joined the international movement for Safer Internet Day (SID) 2019 as the Sri Lankan SID Committee.
- ChildSafeNet, the Nepalese Safer Internet Day Committee
Safer Internet Day was celebrated for the first time in Nepal on Tuesday, 5 February 2019. ChildSafeNet organised an event to mark the day at Labim Mall, Lalitpur, with the slogan "Together for a better internet". The entertaining and informative event was organised to promote safer use of the internet and to raise awareness on online safety among children and young people.
- Stefania Altieri, Scientix Ambassador
Stefania Altieri, Scientix Ambassador, reflects on the significance of Safer Internet Day, the issues at stake and what role schools can play in shielding the youngest internet users from the most common online issues.
- BIK Team
The Better Internet for Kids (BIK) and #SaferInternet4EU review of the year 2018 was released on Tuesday, 5 February 2019, on the occasion of Safer Internet Day (SID). It gives an extensive summary of the activities undertaken under the BIK umbrella and in the framework of the #SaferInternet4EU campaign.
- Slovenian Safer Internet Centre
In Slovenia, the 2019 edition of Safer Internet Day (SID) was dedicated primarily to parents.
- Polish Safer Internet Centre
February is a very busy month for online safety organisations in Poland. In 2019, as in previous years, a main Safer Internet Day (SID) conference in Warsaw marked the beginning of a month of awareness raising around SID in the country.
- Croatian Safer Internet Centre
Safer Internet Day (SID) 2019 was widely celebrated throughout Croatia, which is the result of a broad and concerted national effort to educate all internet users about online safety.
- Czech Safer Internet Centre
In the Czech Republic, the CZ.NIC association – used Safer Internet Day (SID) 2019 to introduce its new project, aimed at preserving children's online safety. The CZ.NIC association has been acting as a coordinator of the Czech Safer Internet Centre (SIC) since 1 January 2019. The Czech helpline is operated by partner organisation, the Safety Line. CZ.NIC will continue to operate the Czech hotline STOPonline.cz, which received a record number of reports in 2018.
- French Safer Internet Centre
In 2019, Safer Internet Day (SID) was a great opportunity for the French Safer Internet Centre (SIC) Internet Sans Crainte to renew its awareness programme, by catering to its target groups' main needs. This meant developing a campaign dedicated to collecting qualitative data on the target audience's uses of digital devices.
- Belgian Safer Internet Centre
For Safer Internet Day (SID) 2019, the Belgian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) developed an online pledging tool – which Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society tried on Tuesday 5, February 2019 at the Child Focus headquarters.
- Spanish Safer Internet Centre
In Spain, the 2019 edition of Safer Internet Day (SID) consisted in one main event mixing conferences, debates and arts, as well as a multitude of events in schools throughout the country.
- Icelandic Safer Internet Centre
Under the 2019 Safer Internet Day (SID) slogan "Together for a better internet", the Icelandic Safer Internet Centre (SIC) organised several activities to celebrate the day.
- Portuguese Safer Internet Centre
The Portuguese Safer Internet Centre (SIC) commemorated Safer Internet Day (SID) 2019 by promoting a series of activities and resources. The planning started early to organise an event called "Online for human rights" which encountered a wide audience, both among the general public and among policymakers who have an influence on the internet governance sphere in the country. As Thorbjorn Jagland, the Secretary General for the Council of Europe put it, "hate speech has become one of the most common forms of intolerance and xenophobia in Europe today (…) When the unacceptable starts to be accepted, becomes "the norm", there is a true threat to human rights".
- Computing and Information Association (CIA), the Tanzanian Safer Internet Day Committee
Each year, Safer Internet Day (SID) is celebrated in February to promote the safe and positive use of digital technologies for children and young people. Globally, SID is celebrated in over 150 countries, and coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission. In Tanzania, SID is coordinated by the Tanzanian SID Committee, hosted by Computing and Information Association (CIA). This year's Safer Internet Day (SID) celebration took place on Tuesday, 5 February 2019. The campaign's slogan, "Together for a better internet", was a call to action for all stakeholders to join together and play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, and especially for younger users.
- ConnectSafely, the US Safer Internet Day Committee
A rare Seattle snow storm forced Seattle Public Schools to cancel school on Safer Internet Day (SID), on Tuesday, 5 February 2019, so the 200 students supposed to participate in the daytime event were not able to board the buses and attend. But that did not stop ConnectSafely and partners from holding the event, thanks largely to the quick response by COO Maureen Kochan, Conference Coordinator Lynn Lonsway and host, Google Outreach and Education manager, Jeff Dunn.
- Lithuanian Safer Internet Centre
The 2019 Safer Internet Day (SID) celebrations took place on Tuesday, 5 February 2019. The campaign's slogan, "Together for a better internet", was a call for all countries involved to invite stakeholders to join together and play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, and especially for younger users.
- German Safer Internet Centre
#lauteralshass (#louderthanhate) was the motto of the 2019 Safer Internet Day (SID) activities of the German Safer Internet Centre (SIC) klicksafe.
- Danish Safer Internet Centre
On Safer Internet Day (SID) 2019, the Danish Safer Internet Centre (SIC) raised awareness about young people's digital rights, by releasing a new online magazine "Persondata-hva'-for-noget?" ("GDPR-what?").
- Luxembourg Safer Internet Centre
On Tuesday, 5 February 2019, the Luxembourg Safer Internet Centre (SIC) BEE SECURE celebrated Safer Internet Day (SID) for the 16th time. By organising numerous activities and events before, during and after SID to promote online safety, BEE SECURE implemented this year's slogan "Together for a better Internet".
- BIK Team
If it's the second day of the second week of the second month of the year, it means it's Safer Internet Day! Today, over 140 countries across the globe celebrate it in their own way, under the unifying slogan of "Together for a better internet", calling on all stakeholders to join together and play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, in particular for children and young people.