Safer Internet Day activities in Malta

  • Awareness
  • 17/03/2020
  • Maltese Safer Internet Centre

Safer Internet Day (SID) has become a landmark event in the Maltese online safety calendar. Through the BeSmartOnline! project, the Maltese Safer Internet Centre (SIC) strives to empower and protect children and young people from risks associated with online activity. The aim is to ensure access to a safe online environment and inspire a national discussion about using technology responsibly, respectfully and creatively.

For SID 2020, several initiatives were undertaken by the Maltese SIC. Firstly, the BeSmartOnline! team collaborated with the Digital Literacy Team in Malta to organise a half day event on Tuesday, 11 February 2020, which consisted of digital citizenship workshops, sports activities and a scavenger hunt. 

Secondly, an information stand was set up in Valletta on Saturday, 15 February 2020, which allowed members of the BeSmartOnline! team to disseminate information, raise awareness and offer advice to parents,carers and other significant adults with regards to children's online safety. Creative activities for young children were organised on the day.

Thirdly, an educational toolkit was created to help educators deliver practical and impactful activities for Safer Internet Day. As part of this toolkit, Stephen Camilleri and Dunstan Hamilton also produced a short video in Maltese to commemorate Safer Internet Day. The video was shown in various schools, on the BeSmartOnline! website and on social media. The BeSmartOnline! team aims to continue developing the toolkit and extend it to secondary students by next Safer Internet Day.

Furthermore, as usual, schools were encouraged to organise activities for children, with over 40 schools and 60 activities committed to celebrating this day.

Finally, Suzanne Garcia Imbernon from the BeSmartOnline! team also featured on two major TV stations to speak about the work the team does and to raise awareness of the responsible, critical and creative use of digital technologies.

For more information about Safer Internet Day activities in Malta, visit the Maltese Safer Internet Centre's Safer Internet Day profile page.

Find out more information about the work of the Maltese 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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