Safer Internet Day (SID) is celebrated each year in February. Organised, by the Insafe network, it is one on the most important days in the online safety calendar and promotes the safe and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.
To celebrate Safer Internet Day, activities are organised across the globe. First celebrated in 2004 in 13 European countries and Australia, today it has grown beyond its traditional geographic zone and in 2012 was celebrated in 99 countries worldwide, across six of the world’s seven continents.
The 30 Insafe network Safer Internet Centres, all organise national events and campaigns to mark SID, often involving the youth panels and other motivated young people.
For example, in 2012, a group of students in France created a series of radio plays and blogs about Safer Internet Day.
While, in 2011 youth visitors to the Pan-EU Youth site were invited to create and submit videos on that year’s SID theme of “our virtual lives”, particularly focusing on the idea of “It’s more than a game, it’s your life!”. You can view a playlist of the competition entries below, or on the Pan-EU Youth YouTube channel.