Safer Internet Day 2019: A tool to make a pledge for a better internet in Belgium

  • Awareness
  • 21/03/2019
  • 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. 

Screenshots of the Belgian SIC's "Together for a better internet" platform

Recognising that everyone has a role to play for a better internet, the Belgian SIC identified six key profiles in society: (grand-)parents, IT professionals, teachers, politicians, youngsters and citizens. After selecting the profile that corresponds to them, the participant is then presented with a list of actions to undertake in order to make the internet a better place for all. This ranges from publishing nice comments online, to organising training sessions for parents or inviting five friends to participate to the campaign, and so on.

The participant can then select which action(s) they want to commit to, as well as the time-scale within which they commit to fulfil these actions. Additional resources and information are also available on the platform, in order for the user to explore the topic of online safety in more details. In order to make this commitment "binding", the participant is invited to publish their pledge on their social media profile, thereby increasing the visibility of the campaign.
This tool provides an easy way for everyone to engage in society for a better internet. It is accessible on every platform on

Industry was also involved in the campaign of the Belgian SIC for SID 2019. Each year, volunteers from Microsoft and Proximus, acting as ambassadors of the SIC, reach more or less 15,000 pupils from primary schools with a workshop that addresses cyberbullying, but not only. This workshop, called "Internet Safe & Fun" aims to teach them how to behave properly, in order to keep the internet safe and fun!

Check the Belgian Safer Internet Day profile page for further information.

Find out more about the work of the Belgian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) generally, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services, or find similar information for Safer Internet Centres throughout Europe.

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