Safer Internet Day (SID) offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon the entire global citizenry to come together and help to create a safer internet. This includes the youth, parents, guardians, educators, social workers, law-enforcement, companies and policy makers.
Starting as an initiative of the EU Safe Borders project in 2004 and taken up by the Insafe network as one of its earliest actions in 2005, Safer Internet Day has grown beyond Europe. It is now celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide, and across all continents. In Africa, 23 out of 54 of the continent’s country celebrate this important day and South Africa is on that map. This year’s Safer Internet Day was celebrated on the 7th of February under the theme “Be the change. Unite for a better Internet”.
The celebration beckons every internet user to be a gatekeeper and watch against the abuse of this lovely information resource. Given that most humans on the planet use or have used the internet before, its their responsibility. Having been celebrated earlier this year, we now look towards the next inaugural celebration which takes place on the 8TH of February 2018 under the theme “Create, connect and share respect. A better internet starts with you”.
Supporters, schools and individuals can register on Safer Internet Day to receive updates and to share their ideas and even pledge financial support for the day’s initiatives. Globally a lot of tech and non-tech based companies like Twitter, Telefonica, LEGO Group, Interpol, INHOPE Association, Google, Facebook and the European Commission have already began participating in making this important day a resounding success. So lets be responsible and help to grow this noble initiative. It all begins with us!