USA Safer Internet Day Committee
US Public Awareness Committee for Safer Internet Day
In honor of Safer Internet Day 2013, ConnectSafely is proud to facilitate the development of a broad spectrum of support for Safer Internet Day in the United Sates. The Public Awareness Committee will be made up of NGOs supported by government agencies and corporations and representing diverse skills and communication channels for educating the public on safety, literacy, and citizenship in a digital age.
ConnectSafely will serve as a supporter and central information "node" for SID activities nationwide and will represent this broad range of stakeholders - public- and private-sector, commercial and nonprofit - for Insafe.
"Connect with Respect" – for oneself, others, and one's communities, online and offline – is not only a basic responsibility of participation, it's also a source of safety, research here in the United States has shown. In other words, the rights and responsibilities of this digital age reinforce each other and enable effective participation – in participatory media as well as in an increasingly networked world.
The rights and responsibilities we're referring to probably include:
Rights – access & participation, free expression, assembly or community, privacy, physical & psychological safety, safety of identity and of material and intellectual property
Responsibilities – to be respectful of self and others in communication and community, to protect one's own and others’ rights and property, and to develop and demonstrate the literacies of the networked world (digital, media, social).
This is by no means a final list. We say "probably include" above, because – by the nature of citizenship and the nature of user-driven media – they can't be dictated, to younger citizens or anyone else. They need to be determined collectively by the citizens as we learn to negotiate this new very social environment.
So we suggest that this new notion of citizenship is a work in progress and a collective, global project – as is Safer Internet Day and the US's participation in it. Consistent with that, ConnectSafely aims to serve as a facilitator of the Safer Internet Day discussion and efforts in the United States.
Click here for more information on Safer internet Day 2013 throughout the United States.