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This year, Safer Internet Day focuses on the idea that everyone plays an important role in making the internet better.

Our U.S. theme is “The internet starts with I & ends with T” — asking everyone to think about “What I can do to make the internet better.” And while we can take personal responsibility for our own actions, we can also work together. “Internet ends with T,” reminds us that we’re all in this together. That includes families, companies, governments and everyone else. We all have a role to play.

There are many ways to celebrate Safer Internet Day in your community or home.  

Everyone

  • Watch ConnectSafely’s “Industry Insight” video series. Leaders from the worlds of education, technology, nonprofits and law enforcement talk about a range of urgent issues, including online toxicity, the racial justice movement, free speech, misinformation, how to manage screen time while staying connected during the pandemic and the very real pressure to be “perfect” online.
  • Spread the word about Safer Internet Day on social media using the hashtags #SID2021 #saferinternetday

    Like our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram or Twitter to keep up with the latest news about Safer Internet Day.

    Sample post:

    Happy #SaferInternetDay! 100+ countries are together for a better internet and world #SID2021 #saferinternetday SID-USA.org 

    More social media messages and images.  

Schools

  • Use ConnectSafely’s lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school students. 
  • Contact your local news station to arrange a virtual tour. 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?
  • Have your students write an op-ed for the local or school newspaper.
  • Mobilize volunteers to coach seniors virtually on how to use their phones and computers.

Families

  • Discuss our theme The internet starts with “I” and ends with “T.” What does that mean and how does it apply to your family? Make this a conversation, not a lecture or inquisition. Parents might discover that their kids know more about privacy, safety, civility and security than they realized.
  • Have fun with your kids’ favorite apps and services! Record a family TikTok (inspiration here and here), play Roblox together (Adopt Me! is fun for families), have your kids show you around Snapchat, or play Google’s visually stunning online adventure game Interland, which teaches younger kids important digital safety skills. Bonus: If you understand — even appreciate — the apps and services your kids use and can talk about them with genuine interest, not fear, your kids will be more likely to come to you when they need help.  
  • Jumpstart family discussion about digital safety and civility. Some conversation starters:
    • You see a post or fact online that just doesn’t seem right. How do you check if it’s true? Do you share it, correct it or just ignore it?
    • 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?
    • You’re using an app that you have permission to use, but while using the app you get 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? 

Companies & Community Organizations

  • Help us grow awareness about SID by becoming our partner! This kit offers additional ways your organization 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.
  • Spread the word about Safer Internet Day on social media using the hashtag #SID2021 and #saferinternetday.  
  • Host a Twitter chat to discuss “rules” for digital civility. Share the best ideas in the company newsletter and on social media using the hashtag #SID2021.
  • Mobilize volunteers to coach seniors virtually on how to use their phones and computers.

Please share this page with your friends. Thank you for joining us in celebrating Safer Internet Day!