The theme for Safer Internet Day 2020 celebration on Tuesday, February 11 is “Together for a better internet.”
We encourage you to join the movement, to participate, and to make the most of the internet’s potential to bring people together. With a global, community-led approach, Safer Internet Day encourages everyone to come together and play their part.
Here are some ways to mark Safer Internet Day. Pick the one that works best for you!
1. Join the Safer Internet Day live stream on Feb. 11 from the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley.
We’ll convene youth leaders, educators, policy makers, parents, internet safety experts and executives from the leading tech companies such as Microsoft and Google for a special live event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. Join the livestream and add your voice to the discussion using #SID2020 and tagging @ConnectSafely. Educators, contact SID@connectsafely.org to sign up your classroom. View the agenda.
Spread the word on social media:
Join me for #SaferInternetDay Live on Feb. 11! #SID2020 SaferInternetDay.us
2. Use our lesson plans for elementary and middle school students.
These lesson plans provide an opportunity for students to think about the internet and how they use it. Students discuss the positive and negative aspects of the internet, ways to improve it, and who’s responsible for making it better. (Hint: all of us.)
3. Jump start family discussion about digital safety and civility. Some tips and conversation starters:
- Make this is conversation, not a lecture or an inquisition. Parents might discover that their kids know more about privacy, safety, civility and security than you realized.
- Ask your kids about the apps they use. Ask them how they protect their privacy and safety on those apps. If they know how to block people who are annoying or threatening and report inappropriate posts.
- Don’t overreact if your child tells you about a negative experience. It’s probably not a good idea to take away their device if they confide in you. Instead, talk about the incident and ask how they handled it. Turn it into a teachable moment.
- Consider signing a family contract for smart cell phone use or having family members sign a pledge that kids, teens and parents can agree on.
Here are some scenarios you might wish to pose to your kids:
- An ad pops up while you’re doing a search—you click on the ad—it takes you away from your original search. What do you do?
- Your child is using an app and gets a message from someone you don’t know. What do you do?
- You post a picture of a friend or classmate and they ask you to take it down. What do you do?
- You have a friend over at your house and that friend ask for the passcode/password to your family iPad/laptop. What do you do?
4. Sign up to become a Safer Internet Day US partner.
Help us grow awareness about SID by becoming our partner! This kit offers ideas for how you, your organization, your school, or your company can participate. Once you know how you or your organization will support SID, please let us know at leaders (at) connectsafely.org. Attach your logo so we can add it to our partners page.
5. Spread the word on Twitter and Facebook #SID2020 #SaferInternetDay
Happy #SaferInternetDay! 100+ countries are together for a better internet #SID2020 SaferInternetDay.us
6. More ideas! Share yours at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Host a screening of the film LIKE, which explores the impact of social media on our lives. How to host a screening.
- Brainstorm “rules” for digital civility. Create an online and printed pledge with everyone’s best ideas.
- Contact your local news station to arrange a tour for your group. During the tour, “interview” a journalist or news executive. Some ideas for questions: How do you manage your public online presence? How do you deal with trolls? How has social media hurt or helped your industry?
- Team up with a local coding academy or maker space for an in-person discussion or webinar. Discuss how digital civility, safety, privacy and security can be “baked” into websites and apps.
- Volunteer to coach seniors on how to use their phones and computers.
- Design or sponsor an app that promotes digital safety and civility.
Please share this page with your friends. Thank you for joining us in celebrating Safer Internet Day!