When the first Safer Internet Day took place, Facebook was only two days old, the Motorola RAZR was the must-have phone and a tweet was simply the sound a bird made.
14 years on, things are very different. While technological innovation has created many exciting opportunities in communication, education, entertainment and other areas, it also brings certain challenges. Trolls, sexting, fake news, revenge porn, hate speech... For young people in particular, the digital world can be the most brilliant thing one minute and a difficult place to be the next.
This is where Safer Internet Day comes in. An annual global initiative that promotes the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology to young people, Safer Internet Day 2018 (#SID2018) takes place on Tuesday 6 February. Hundreds of schools, youth groups, companies, charities, police services and other organisations around the world will celebrate the theme of Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you.
Our approach to digital safety
We’ve always taken our responsibility towards young people seriously and we’re proud to support Safer Internet Day again this year.
Over the last decade, we’ve created lots of free resources to help children and teenagers become more confident and resilient online – from our Digital Parenting website and magazine to our Be Strong Online modules and #BeStrong emojis.
Digital Life Skills
To mark Safer Internet Day 2018, we’ve teamed up with Parent Zone to launch a new initiative for parents.
Our free Digital Life Skills workshop will focus on three key areas to help young people build digital resilience: confident digital communications, capable use of online tools and critical thinking. It will be run by Vodafone volunteers across Europe.
Safer Internet Day is organised by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission. It is co-ordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation