Safer Internet Day 2018

More than 100 countries around the world will celebrate Safer Internet Day on Feb. 6. In the U.S., the official live event will be held in Austin, and hosted by

The 2018 theme, “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you” is a call to action for every stakeholder – children and young people, parents and caregivers, teachers, educators and social workers, as well as industry, decision makers and politicians – to play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, in particular the youngest users out there. More than that, it is an invitation for everyone to join in and engage with others in a respectful way in order to ensure a better digital experience.

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Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. CST (stream starts 11:30 Eastern/ 8:30 Pacific)

Omni Hotel Austin Downtown Capital Ballroom 
700 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, TX 78701

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(Times subject to change.)

9:30 a.m. – Doors Open & Exhibits*

Students pick up their free raffle tickets and “passports” to be stamped by exhibitors.

10:30 a.m. – Welcome Remarks

Larry Magid Ed.D. CEO, ConnectSafely
Lisa Holbrook President, Texas PTA
James Accomando President, National PTA
Paul Cruz, Ph.D. Superintendent, Austin Independent School District

10:50 a.m. – Keynote Speaker: FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

Remarks plus “fireside chat” with Larry Magid and audience Q&A.

11:15 a.m. – Raffle 

11:25 a.m. – Youth & Tech Industry Issues in Perspective 

Students and industry leaders tackle some of today’s toughest questions about technology, social media & living in a connected world.

Moderator: Larry Magid Ed.D. ConnectSafely

Vandana Bharvani Google
Bethany Bissell High School Student
Michael Callahan After School
Kristyna Hall High School Student
Karuna Nain Facebook

12:15 p.m. – Lunch & Exhibits

1:00 p.m. – Student Activity (View the results)

Students will learn about why media literacy is an essential skill needed to be good citizens and successful adults. Then, in small groups, they will create their own media to help spread awareness in their own school communities. The top 5 student creations will be featured on the ConnectSafely website and shared even more broadly in a nationwide press release and other media.

Facilitator: Kerry Gallagher ConnectSafely

1:30 p.m. – Announcing the What’s Your Story? Video Contest

Lynette Owens Trend Micro

1:40 p.m. – A Teen Who Doesn’t Just Play Games — He Builds Them

Student and Roblox game developer Andrew Bereza in conversation with Austin American-Statesman journalist Omar L. Gallaga.

2:00 p.m. – Event Wrap-Up 

Moderator: Kerry Gallagher ConnectSafely

Student representatives discuss digital citizenship and empowerment activity.

2:30 p.m. – Program Close

*Exhibits are interactive learning experiences from our partners and are integral to this year’s program. Exhibitors include Google, Facebook, LifeLock, National PTA, and Trend Micro.