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

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
James Accomando President, National PTA
Paul Cruz, Ph.D. Superintendent, Austin Independent School District

10:45 a.m. – Keynote Speaker: FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn 

11:15 a.m. – Musician Will Magid

11:35 a.m. – Youth & Tech Industry Issues in Perspective (Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A)

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. CEO, ConnectSafely

Michael Callahan After School
Jeff Dunn Google
Karuna Nain Facebook

12:30 p.m. – Lunch & Exhibits

1:15 p.m. – Student Activity

Students will learn about why media literacy is an essential skill needed to be a good citizen 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!

Facilitator: Kerry Gallagher ConnectSafely

1:45 p.m. – Announcing the What’s Your Story? Video Contest

Lynette Owens Trend Micro

2:00 p.m. – Event Wrap-up (Panel Discussion)

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.


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