Celebrating Safer Internet Day Across the
countries will participate in the fourth edition of Safer Internet
Day (SID) which this year takes place on 6 February. The event is
organised by European Schoolnet, coordinator of Insafe, the
European safer internet network (www.saferinternet.org). Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for the
Information Society and Media is once again patron of Safer
Internet Day, as in the past two years.
The highlight of
the day will once again be a worldwide blogathon, which will reach
Australia on 6th February and progress westward through
the day to finish up in the USA and Canada. Following the huge
success encountered in 2006, this year’s blogathon goes one step
further to include the voices of hundreds of youngsters. In the
framework of a competition launched in October 2006, more than 200
schools in 25 countries across the globe
have been working in pairs, using technology to cross geographical
borders, to create internet safety awareness material on one of
three themes: e-privacy, netiquette, and
power of image. On Safer Internet Day, all of the projects they
have produced will be uploaded to the blogathon.
4 prize-winning teams in the competition will be announced on 6
February when the blogathon opens to well over 100 organisations
waiting on the starting block to add their postings on this year’s
theme, Crossing borders..
To find out more
about young people’s use of the internet and mobile phones, Insafe
has been collecting data over the past two months through an
online survey (http://insafe-survey.eun.org/).
Preliminary results will be made available on Safer Internet Day
along with a wealth of other information tailored to the needs of
not only media but also parents, teachers and youngsters in an
online media room specially set up at www.saferinternet.org to mark the event.
On Safer Internet
Day in the Netherlands, HRH Princess Maxima will be the special
guest at an event featuring theatre, music and stories. In
Slovenia, young people will showcase art projects and Slovenian
national television will broadcast internet safety clips. Across
the globe, hundreds of other events will highlight the growing
importance of internet safety in the lives of us all.
Tel: +32 790 75 75
Media room – press
kit for journalists
National nodes of
Safer Internet Day
in the Safer Internet Day competition for schools):
About European Schoolnet:
European Schoolnet (www.europeanschoolnet.org)
is a unique not-for-profit consortium of 28 ministries of
education in Europe created in 1997. It provides major European
education portals for teaching, learning and collaboration and
leads the way in bringing about change in schooling through the
use of new technology.
European Schoolnet coordinates the European
Safer Internet network, Insafe (http://www.saferinternet.org),
which aims to empower citizens to use the Internet, as well as
other information and communication technologies, safely,
ethically and effectively. The network is funded by the European
Commission’s Directorate General for the Information Society and
Media. It comprises 26 national nodes which work together in close
partnership in 24 countries across Europe and with three
associated nodes, in Argentina, Australia and the USA.