Safer Internet Day

Each year on the 2nd day of the second week of February, Safer Internet Day is commemorated with the goal of providing a safer and better internet, in which every user can use the internet responsibly also without having their data exposed. Around 15 countries around the world are commemorating the day.

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History of Safer Internet Day

SID was launched in 2004 as part of the EU’s ‘Better Internet for Kids’ programme, which aims to improve children’s and young people’s access to high-quality information, raise awareness and empowerment, establish a safe place for children online, and combat child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Safer Internet Day has grown in prominence in the internet safety calendar over the years. Safer Internet Day began as an effort of the EU SafeBorders project in the year of 2004 and was adopted as one of the Insafe network’s first actions in 2005. It has since expanded beyond its typical geographic zone and is currently observed in roughly 170 countries globally. Every year, the SID initiative chooses a topic that reflects current problems in order to raise awareness about rising internet issues such as cyberbullying.

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Safer Internet Day 2022 Theme

This year commemorates the 19th annual Safer Internet Day, with events taking place all across the world. The day’s theme, “Together for a Better Internet,” will once again encourage all stakeholders to come together to make the web a safer and better place for everyone, especially children and young people.

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Significance

Safer Internet Day has grown in prominence in the internet security calendar over the years. Safer Internet Day began as an effort of the EU SafeBorders program in 2004 and was adopted by the Insafe network among its first acts in 2005. It has since expanded beyond its typical geographic zone and is currently observed in over 200 countries and regions across the world. Every year, Safer Internet Day attempts to promote awareness of growing online challenges and present concerns, ranging from cyberbullying to social media to online identification.

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