In 2021, Safer Internet Day (SID) in Russia was again held in the traditional form of Safe Runet Week, well known since 2008. Although some COVID-related restrictions for mass events were still in place, generally the programme for the week stayed as intensive as before the pandemic. The main difference was a shift for most events to online and the adoption of a “hybrid” strategy, having both offline and online participation in Safer Internet Day activities.
Making the internet safer remains a strategic objective in Portugal. According to the EU Kids Online 2020 report, approximately 1 in 4 children or young people say they have had an "uncomfortable" experience online (18 per cent for boys; 27 per cent for girls). Equally, more than half of children say they have difficulties in verifying which information online is true (53 per cent).
On the occasion of Safer Internet Day (SID) in the Netherlands, the Dutch Safer Internet Centre (SIC) published a survey on online well-being in the COVID-19 period, with a special focus on online love and sexuality.
In Italy, the Safer Internet Day (SID) 2021 event was hosted completely online and made available via live streaming. A debate took place between students, parents and teachers – the whole scholastic community – on how to help younger generations through a learning process on positive use of the web, the technological instruments available, and their role in good and appropriate use of the platforms.
For Safer Internet Day (SID) 2021, the Icelandic Safer Internet Centre planned multiple activities. On the day of SID, it launched a media campaign on the newly updated hotline reporting tool and website.
In an exceptional situation, exceptional measures are needed! This year, in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Safer Internet Day (SID) event organised by Media Animation, CSEM, Mediawijs and Child Focus (the Belgian Safer Internet Centre), took the form of an online inspiration day: #Betternet Inspiration Day.
The ninth national Media Literacy Week (MLW) celebrated a better and safer internet from 8-14 February 2021, including Safer Internet Day (SID) which took place on 9 February. Thousands of children, young people and adults were reached before and during the campaign week with well-planned and unique campaigns designed and implemented by several organisations.
On Safer Internet Day (SID), Tuesday, 9 February 2021, the Latvian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) organised nationwide activities involving children, young people and adults, encouraging everyone to create a better and safer internet environment.
This past year, we’ve really experienced how we, with the help of digitalisation, have created new and exciting opportunities in our everyday lives. Workplaces, schools and other businesses have been forced to take big digital leaps forward. Lessons have been recorded and made available digitally so that students can take part in them afterwards, for example if they have been ill. Youth centres all over the country have been digitised and offered online dance classes and yoga, e-sports, chats and other digital activities for children and young people.
On Tuesday, 9 February 2021, as part of Safer Internet Day, an online conference was held in Cyprus with huge success. Titled "Together for a better internet", the conference was organised by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth, with the support of the partners of the Cyprus Safer Internet Centre (SIC) – CYberSafety and the National Strategy for a Better Internet for the Children of Cyprus. This year, the conference was held online due to the special conditions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.