United States of America Safer Internet Day Committee - ConnectSafely

Last updated: 2023-01-18

About our SID activities

This year our goal is to deliver ConnectSafely’s Safer Internet Day 2023 program to as many students across the US as possible. To that end, we created our school and community grant program, which awards grants of up to $1,000 to schools and youth-serving community groups to incentivize teachers and organizations and help them purchase supplies and other resources for students to engage in local Safer Internet Day programs.
Materials that will be provided include lesson plans, slides, guides, quick-guides and a library of video presentations from leading subject matter experts and representatives of companies that offer services used by young people. 

Live Event and Resources for Families

We will hold a live virtual event on Safer Internet Day, "No Room for Doom: Helping Your Family Thrive in Our Digital Age," featuring our education director Kerry Gallagher in partnership with National PTA.
In addition to schools, we are offering grants to non-profit organizations to conduct local programs during the second week of February and are providing resources to empower organizations to deliver local programs.
We have additional resources, including videos and discussion topics, that families can use on their own or as part of community events around the country.

We are working with National PTA to provide resources for use in programs delivered by their local chapters.

What we are doing to support the SID 2023 slogan of "Together for a better internet"…

Our goal is to get people talking about what they want their internet to look like. We hope that through our resources offered for Safer Internet Day, discussions and activities in schools, homes and communities will help people understand and embrace their role in creating a better internet for all.

What we are doing to mark the 20th anniversary of Safer Internet Day…

Our goal was to offer grants to 20 schools and community organizations, but we may be able to increase that number due to overwhelming interest in grants.

About us

ConnectSafely is a Silicon Valley, Calif.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating people about online safety, privacy, security and digital wellness. Our resources include research-based safety tips, parents’ guidebooks, advice, news and commentary on all aspects of tech use and policy. We offer in-depth guides and “quick-guides” for parents, educators, youth and policymakers, along with resources for seniors and other adults. We also produce the twice-weekly ConnectSafely Report for CBS News Radio and webcasts, podcasts and special events.

Whether it’s social media, virtual reality or the emerging metaverse, connected technologies bring us enormous advantages, along with some challenges. ConnectSafely’s job is to help users get the most from their technology while managing the risks and help decision-makers craft sensible policies that encourage both innovation and responsible use. ConnectSafely has been a leading voice for rational, research-informed policies — not “moral panics” — when it comes to dealing with challenges brought about by emerging technologies.

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