Info for Schools

You and your students are invited to the US celebration of global Safer Internet Day!

Safer Internet Day is a global awareness campaign celebrated every year in more than 100 countries. Since 2013, ConnectSafely has been the official host of US activities.

Safer Internet Day
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Computer History Museum
Mountain View, Calif.
#SID2020

On Tuesday, February 11 ConnectSafely will bring together students, youth leaders, influencers, educators, policy makers, internet safety experts and tech industry executives for a special student-focused event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.

Past speakers include Sen. Chuck Schumer, Sen. Kamala Harris and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, as well as local luminaries. Sponsors of the event, which will be live streamed to classrooms around the country, include Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Trend Micro, Comcast and NortonLifeLock. California Governor Gavin Newsom has been invited to keynote, but  — as is common with high-level officials — we’ve not yet received a final confirmation.

Previous education partners include Los Angeles Unified School District, Philadelphia School District, District of Columbia Public Schools, Austin Independent School District, Seattle Public Schools and the National PTA.

Wellness & authenticity among this year’s themes

The global 2020 theme is “Together for a better internet,” but — here in the US — we’re also focusing on wellness and authenticity. Most teens today already know the basics of how to stay safe and, while we’ll reinforce those messages, we also want to emphasize the healthy use of technology, which includes knowing when to put down our devices and interact the old-fashioned way.

We’ll also look at authenticity. Whether it’s so-called “fake news” or people not being who they seem to be, the internet is subject to abuse and we all need the media literacy skills to know when something is or isn’t real. There is also another form of authenticity — being yourself and not being pressured to try to be something else.

And, because we’re having our event at the Computer History Museum at the start of this decade, we’ll also take a look back and a look forward, focusing on how today’s young people can help shape the internet of the 2020’s and beyond.

Event highlights

  • Special guest speakers on digital civility and wellness, media literacy, privacy, security & other internet wellness topics
  • Panel discussion with students and industry leaders
  • Student activity designed by Kerry Gallagher, ConnectSafely’s K-12 education director and a nationally recognized ed tech leader
  • Exhibitors
  • Lunch
  • Free raffle

Agenda

Click here for the agenda.

Interested in attending with your students?

Contact leaders (at) connectsafely.org