Dear Education Partner,
We are so glad that you and your students are joining us for Safer Internet Day 2018! Please take a few minutes to read through the following information about the event including suggestions for preparing for the day. We need your help to make Safer Internet Day a success!
Background on Safer Internet Day
Please tell your students about Safer Internet Day, that it began in Europe 14 years ago and is now celebrated in more than 100 countries around the globe – this year, all on February 6th. The event they’re attending is the official U.S. celebration. The agenda is here.
Your students will learn about why media literacy is an essential skill needed to be a good citizen and successful adult. Then, in small groups, they will create their own media to help spread awareness in their own school communities. Submit your students’ best entries to SID@ConnectSafely.org by February 10 and they may be featured on the ConnectSafely website and shared even more broadly in a nationwide press release!
We hope for active participation from the audience, especially your students! Encourage them to ask questions and make comments at the mic during the program. It will be helpful for them to review speaker and panelist bios prior to the event. (See the agenda.)
Our keynoter is Mignon Clyburn, the nation’s longest-serving FCC Commissioner. Your students may have seen her in the news recently, speaking in support of retaining network neutrality rules. (More on that here.) After her remarks, Commissioner Clyburn will take questions from the audience. Please encourage your students to take advantage of this opportunity.
Students are welcome to bring their phones (on silent). They can tweet using the hashtag #SID2018 to add their voice to the global Safer Internet Day discussion.
When you arrive at the event, a ConnectSafely representative will give each of your students a raffle ticket and “passport.” The passport looks like a bingo card with spaces for each Safer Internet Day exhibitor. Please encourage your students to visit and interact with each of our exhibitors, who have prepared short enrichment activities for the students. Representatives at each table will stamp the passports. Students who get their passport stamped by three exhibitors will receive a goody bag at the end of the event.
We know that students and their parents sometimes feel they should dress more formally for important events, but we want all of our guests to feel comfortable. We suggest students dress as if it were a regular school day.
We have arranged speakers and panels to engage the students and will have activities catered to the students. During the program, attendees are asked to remain in their seats out of respect for the speakers and to minimize disruption. We’ll have plenty of breaks and opportunities to walk around.
Please arrive at the Omni Hotel Austin Downtown between 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. The formal program starts at 10:30 a.m.
We know how hungry students get. We will provide morning snacks and lunch, and beverages will be available throughout the day.
We at ConnectSafely appreciate all you have done to bring your students to the event and we look forward to meeting you at the event.
Kerry Gallagher, ConnectSafely Director of K-12 Education