It’s the second day of the second week of the second month of the year! It’s Safer Internet Day! Today, over 140 countries around the World will celebrate it in their own way, under the unifying slogan of “Together for a better internet”.

WHAT IS SAFER INTERNET DAY?

It’s an annual, global campaign, which has been on for the past 16 years. ‘Safer Internet Day (SID) celebrations aim to raise awareness of both a safer and a better internet, where everyone is empowered to use technology not just safely but also responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. The campaign aims to reach out to children and young people, parents and carers, teachers, educators and social workers, as well as industry, decision makers and politicians, to encourage everyone to play their part in creating a better internet. This will allow each and every user to make the most of all the opportunities new technologies have to offer, regardless of their age, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender, while also steering clear of risks and challenges.’ (www.betterinternetforkids.eu)

This year’s Safer Internet Day (SID) is taking place today Tuesday, 5th February 2019. The campaign’s slogan is “Together for a better internet”. Today calls for everyone to action, join together and do their part in creating a better internet for everyone, and especially for younger users.

What’s going on in Malta today to celebrate in Safer Internet Day?

Malta will be joining the celebrations with the rest of the world by raising more awareness, creating and distributing resources, and encouraging the safe and positive use of digital technologies.
Most schools on the Maltese Islands will be celebrating in their own unique way, with some even creating competitions to encourage participation from students. There is also a company roadshow going on whereby several companies, who have a high presence over the internet, were contacted to participate. The team will give out talks to parents at their work place.
Maltese Safer Internet Centre – BeSmartOnline!                  URL: http://www.besmartonline.org.mt

See also the #SaferInternet4EU campaign information on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal for further information on initiatives to create a safer and better internet.