Safer Internet Day 2014 was the eleventh edition of the event, and took place on Tuesday 11 February 2014. The theme for the day was “Let’s create a better internet together” when we encouraged all stakeholders – children and young people, parents and carers, teachers and educators, and industry and politicians – to mark the day and work cooperatively to build a better internet for all, but particularly for children and young people.
The Safer Internet Day activities in 2011 were very successful and topped Safer Internet Day 2010 in many respects:
The topic was "our virtual lives" and was centred on the slogan "It's more than a game, it's your life".
To view the Public Report please click here. You can see the 2011 campaign video below.
Safer Internet Day 2010 took place on the 9 February, with the theme: "Think B4 U post!"
In 2009 the focus of SID was on youngsters' safety on social networking sites, with an emphasis on cyberbullying. This was in direct response to a dramatic increase in online bullying incidents seen at that time, in line with the greater mobility of online tools and the facility with which users were starting to generate their own content.
Although SID originated in the heart of Europe, it quickly spread its influence around the world. Therefore in 2009 the concept of SID committees was created to strengthen bonds with countries outside the Insafe network, resulting in the creation of almost 30 committees within the first year.
2009 also saw the launch of the new SID logo featuring the SID mascot. It was a very successful day with 500 events celebrated in 50 countries all over the world.
The European Commission also launched an information campaign on SID, empowering teenagers to keep control when online. You can view the campaign video below.
SID 2008 was a special year as it marked the first themed SID focus campaign and subsequently the first awareness raising SID video clip. The introduction of a theme, not only inspired efforts to make the event more memorable than ever, but also resulted in exemplary teamwork across borders hence underlining the global nature of the virtual world.
An online competition also took place in the run-up to SID with 655 teams competing against each other. Two other major central actions were launched in Brussels. At midnight Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media, opened the Safer Internet Day blogathon. This crossed half the world through Australasia and the middle-east and left Europe on its path to South and North America. A Youth Forum of thirty youths (14-17 year olds) from all corners of Europe led the second event, where they discussed their use of mobile phones and social networking sites and made proposals concerning awareness on internet safety to the European Commission, industry and politicians.
For SID 2007 mobile operators met in Brussels on 6 February and signed an agreement to safeguard children using mobile phones. This included supporting access control for adult content. The Insafe network again organised a blogathon and a competition reaching 200 schools across 29 countries.
On 7 February 2006 the network organised a worldwide “blogathon”: several organisations and special guests were invited to post blog articles which members of the public could comment on. The blogathon started in New Zealand, moving West across several time zones to end in Argentina. Other activities around the world included quizzes, online games, a story-telling competition and round table discussions. In total 37 countries, and approximately 100 organisations took part in SID 2006.
8 February 2005 was the first SID organised by the Insafe network. The number of countries taking part more than doubled with 30 countries and 65 organisations participating worldwide including Russia and Singapore as new additions. The 2005 campaign was marked by an internet adventure storytelling contest for children, which was turned into a book of stories and then published.
The first Safer Internet Day (SID) took place on 6 February 2004, and was the brainchild of the SafeBorders project. It was celebrated in 14 countries (13 EU countries and Australia). Since then the popularity of SID has continued to grow year after year.