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, is now celebrated in more than 100 countries. It’s coordinated by the Brussels-based Insafe Network for the European Commission and is marked on the second Tuesday of February each year (for 2016, Feb. 9). The event will be streamed live.
Safer Internet Day gained official recognition in the U.S. in late 2012, with a joint agreement between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the European Commission to work together to build a better Internet for youth. The U.S. celebration got a big boost in 2013, when Insafe appointed ConnectSafely.org as the U.S.’s coordinator going forward.
Our plan is to make each Safer Internet Day U.S. (SID U.S.) a highly collaborative project that promotes the efforts of Internet users of all ages, interests and backgrounds to make the Internet a better place and the world a better place with the help of the Internet. This year we are featuring the good deeds and leadership of young people in “playing your part for a better Internet,” the EC’s theme for SID 2016. With students from around the country, partners representing a broad array of youth-serving organizations and supporters from the Internet industry, we are planning an event in California on Feb. 9 to mark the next Safer Internet Day.
SID U.S.’s Steering Committee is ConnectSafely, Committee for Children, Common Sense Media, the Family Online Safety Institute, the iKeepSafe Coalition, the Internet Education Foundation, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and the National Cyber Security Alliance. Our national partners in promoting Safer Internet Day are National PTA and 4-H. Safer Internet Day U.S. is made possible with the generous support of Ask.fm, Facebook, Google, LifeLock, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Symantec, Trend Micro, Twitter and Yahoo.
Please join all of us in celebrating Safer Internet Day and each user’s efforts, big and small, to make the Internet a better place and the world a better place using the Internet and connected media!