Marking Safer Internet Day 2016 in Lithuania

  • Awareness
  • 03/05/2016
  • Lithuanian Safer internet Centre

Safer Internet Day 2016 was celebrated across the globe on Tuesday, 9 February. In our round up of events and activities which took place to mark the day, we hear from the Lithuanian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) who coordinate the annual campaign in the country:

"The national Safer Internet Day (SID) event took place on 9 February 2016 at the Lithuanian national Conference Centre, LITEXPO. The event focused on 5th and 6th grade pupils and their teachers and parents. It was hosted by a Lithuanian illusionist who, with the help of magic tricks, presented the main internet safety tips and ways to avoid issues online. The children were very engaged in the content of the ‘Magical journey' lesson: the magic tricks were performed by the host of the event who presented the main virtual life issues. See a video from the SID 2016 event here.
"Another target group of the event were adults. While the pupils played the popular Lithuanian quiz ‘Children of the Millennium', representatives of the helpline and a telecommunication company hosted a parallel seminar for adults about publishing children's images online. See the video from the SID 2016 adult's session here.
"We are proud to announce that this year's Safer Internet Day received a video greeting from the President of the Republic of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite. Involvement of the President made a significant impression on policy makers and the public overall. See the SID 2016 video greeting from the President of the Republic of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė here.
"One of the events organised on the occasion of SID 2016 was a round table discussion between policy makers, industry, and representatives of the Lithuanian Safer Internet Centre (SIC). The main issues discussed included the history of the project in Lithuania, its main achievements, its status and possibilities of sustainable development of the SIC in the future. 
"We always try to involve Youth Panel members in our activities. During the main SID 2016 event, youth panellists took the role of reporters, accompanied by the Youth Panel Coordinator and mentored by a journalist from National Radio and Television. Youth panellists conducted interviews with the event participants, filmed video reports, and awarded the winners of the creative competition run by the Lithuanian SIC in December 2015. See the Youth Panel SID 2016 video reports here.
"All of the participants were incredibly excited and surprised by all the souvenirs on offer and the magic lesson they received about safety on the internet, while the concert given by Lithuania's X-Factor stars raised their excitement even more. Participants danced during the concert and later pupils had the opportunity to the Lithuanian pop stars for autographs. 
"Safer Internet Day activities in Lithuania were organised during the entire week of 8-12 February 2016 and included:
Safer Internet Week activities in public libraries.
  • A professional volunteering initiative ‘Kam to reikia?!' which gathered industry professionals to give lectures in schools about issues concerning safety on the internet. Schools could book the lecture online.
  • Schools were invited to join the eSafety label community, to fill in the assessment form and get the eSafety label for their school.
  • The ‘Safer Internet Week in my school' campaign encouraged educators to arrange various events in Lithuanian schools, as competitions for students, or creative or educational activities.
"The support of Lithuanian National Radio and Television increased the visibility of Safer Internet Day 2016 due to its high ratings, with one example being a quiz on internet safety on the National Television morning show ‘Labas rytas, Lietuva'. For the entire Safer Internet Week (February 8 – 12), the host of the show held a quiz about internet safety each morning, and TV viewers called the studio and answered questions. The winners were awarded with umbrellas featuring the Safer Internet Centre logos."
Find out more about the Lithuanian Safer Internet Centre here.

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