The 20th annual edition of Safer Internet Day (SID) took place on Tuesday, 7 February 2023 with a campaign slogan, once again, of "Together for a better internet". Organised within the framework of Better Internet for Kids (BIK) activities by the Insafe network (coordinated by European Schoolnet (EUN)) and INHOPE (the International Association of Internet Hotlines), on behalf of the European Commission, Safer Internet Day 2023 was celebrated in almost 190 countries and territories worldwide, with exciting events and activities promoting the safe and positive use of digital technology.
This edition was particularly special as it marked the 20th anniversary of the celebration of this milestone event, and served as an opportunity to reflect upon the impact of this observance over the last two decades, as well as the recent important developments in EU legislation, such as the new European strategy for a better internet for kids (BIK+), the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the European Declaration on Digital Rights and Principles.
Vice-President Šuica and Commissioner Breton both acknowledged the day with dedicated video messages addressing children’s digital rights and habits, online opportunities and risks, the importance of media literacy skills, and urging policymakers, young people themselves, and all other stakeholders involved to gather and continue discussing how to concretely make the internet a better place for children.
An updated SID celebratory video was launched, gathering over 2,500 views on YouTube alone, and over 20,000 views through dissemination on the SID social media channels over the course of just one day.
On SID, Better Internet for Kids (BIK) launched the new BIK Teacher corner, a special section of the Better Internet for Kids website meant for teachers, educators and other adults working with children and young people, where they can find free information, advice, and suggested resources to help to educate and support youth to safely and positively navigate their digital world. These resources are split into two key types – learning modules and deep dives – and will be regularly updated to reflect emerging issues, and offer appropriate support to teachers and educators.
For further information on the events of the day, see the Safer Internet Day 2023 public report, which highlights some of the successes of the 2022 campaign, drawing upon the work of Safer Internet Centres (SICs) in Europe, SID Committees across the globe, organisational and industry SID Supporters, the European Commission and the central Safer Internet Day Coordination Team (based at European Schoolnet in Brussels).