Welcome to the official site of Safer Internet Day U.S., hosted by ConnectSafely.org. Safer Internet Day, an awareness-raising campaign that started in Europe more than a decade ago and is now celebrated in more than 100 countries. Globally, it’s coordinated by the Brussels-based Insafe Network, for the European Commission. The 2019 celebration will be take place on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Google’s offices in Seattle, Wash. and will be live-streamed to classrooms throughout the U.S.
Safer Internet Day gained official recognition in the US in late 2012, with a joint agreement between the US Department of Homeland Security and the European Commission to work together to build a better internet for youth. The US celebration got a big boost in 2013, when Insafe and the European Commission appointed ConnectSafely.org as the US’s coordinator going forward.
Although aimed primarily at youth, Safer Internet Day is a time for everyone – individuals, families and educators as well as industry and policy makers – to think about how they can play their part in creating a better internet. The 2018 Safer Internet Day theme, “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you,” encouraged everyone to join the global movement, to participate, and make the most of the internet’s potential to bring people together.
Safer Internet Day has been celebrated in classrooms across the US and in big, student-driven events in different cities, including Austin, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Speakers have included Sen. Kamala Harris, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Sen. Chuck Schumer, along with local dignitaries.
SID US’s Steering Committee is comprised of ConnectSafely, Committee for Children, Common Sense Media, Family Online Safety Institute, #iCanHelp, iKeepSafe Coalition, Internet Education Foundation, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, National Cyber Security Alliance and National PTA.
Safer Internet Day U.S. is made possible by the generous support of Facebook, Google, Symantec/LifeLock, Microsoft, Kik, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, Trend Micro, and Twitter.