Saferinternet.at and Safer Internet Day in Austria
Safer Internet Day (SID) is for the Austrian awareness node Saferinternet.at a special occasion for promoting a more responsible use of online technologies and inviting the general public to reflect on this topic. Since 2011, we extended the campaign from one day to the whole month of February under the title “Safer Internet Month of Activity”.
What is the Saferinternet.at planning for SID 2015?
This year we are conducting a survey on the topic "sexting" among 14-18 year old adolescents in Austria.
Furthermore we will give our traditional big annual Saferinternet.at press conference of on the occasion of Safer Internet Day presenting the initiative on current as well as future activities. In order to maximise media attention we will also present the results of our survey.
The school initiative
Like in previous years Austrian schools are invited to celebrate Safer Internet Day through various self-designed activities throughout the month of February. Best practice will be published and five entries awarded. The campaign is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Women's Affairs.
The school initiative has been largely promoted since October 2015 via various channels, such as popular websites for teachers and on events. Registered schools have already received a Safer Internet kit containing useful materials, including the SID 2015 best practice compendium for inspiration.
SID 2015 and the internet industry
The biggest Austrian internet provider A1 Telekom Austria supports Safer Internet Day activities also in 2015. In the framework of the social initiative "A1 Internet für Alle" (Internet for All) the company will offer a customised workshop programme for schools on its campus: www.a1internetfueralle.at
Ministries supporting SID 2015
The Federal Ministry of Education and Women's Affairs published an official degree encouraging all schools to take part in the campaign Safer Internet Month of Activity.
The Federal Ministry of Family and Youth also supports Safer Internet Day campaign.
On February 10 several ministries, as in the past years, will publish press releases on the occasion of Safer Internet Day.
The initiative Saferinternet.at empowers children, parents and teachers to use the internet, as well as other information and communication technologies, safely, responsibly and effectively.
Saferinternet.at runs an information campaign, provides information material about the safe use of the internet, organises events, runs a helpline for children and works closely with all Austrian projects in the area of safer internet as well as the European Internet Safety network (Insafe).
Services offered by Saferinternet.at:
- Event service (workshops for schools, parents’ evenings, school projects, conferences)
- Brochure service (free distribution of teachers’ and parents’ handbooks)
- Online tools such as videos, guidelines, quiz, e-learning courses and much more
- Practical information on online safety on the website Saferinternet.at, as well as on social media: Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.
- Contact point for journalists
The Austrian Safer Internet Centre consists of the Austrian Awareness Centre Saferinternet.at, the helpline 147 Rat auf Draht and the hotline Stopline. It is coordinated by the Austrian Institute for Applied Telecommunications (ÖIAT). One of the consortium partners is also the Association of Austrian Internet Service Providers (ISPA). Saferinternet.at co-operates intensely with public authorities, non-governmental organisations and industry partners. The initiative is funded by the European Commission (Safer Internet Programme), federal ministries and internet industry (A1).