Are you ready for Safer Internet Day 2019?

It's time for Safer Internet Day! As each year, the cornerstone of online safety events is set to take place in over 140 countries across the globe, on 5 February 2019, under the unifying slogan of "Together for a better internet".

The annual celebration of Safer Internet Day (SID) aims to raise awareness of both a safer and a better internet, where everyone is empowered to use technology 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.

Insafe network and other stakeholders' pledge to work together for a better internet

Under the umbrella of Safer Internet Day, our partners and supporters will be organising a range of events and activities both on the big day itself and throughout the month or even year. These events include:

  • press conferences
  • events in schools
  • industry actions
  • new educational resources on online safety

But, above all, SID 2019 is an opportunity for us all to join "Together for a better internet", which is why we invite you to get involved.

What can you, as teachers, do to contribute?

Throughout the year, you can help to create a better internet by equipping your pupils and students with digital literacy skills and by developing their critical thinking skills, which will allow them to better navigate the online world. You can empower them to create their own content, make considered choices online and, most importantly, you can set a personal example of positive online behaviour for your pupils and students.

Before 5 February, you can get on board the SID campaign by discovering what is happening in your country by visiting the www.saferinternetday.org/country and reaching out to your national Safer Internet Day Committee.

Don't forget to also like our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter using the campaign hashtags #SaferInternetDay and #SID2019. Why not let your network of friends and family see that you stand for a better internet? Add a Twibbon badge to your social media profile pictures.

Finally, if your school or college has a social media presence, why not update your cover photo or use the Safer Internet Day visuals to post from your own account… or use the infographic to spark discussion and debate in the classroom on the role your students can take in creating a better internet. You can also find the press release here