Safer Internet Day 2018 – February 6

Get your modems going, because February 6 is Safer Internet Day! These days you can do almost anything on the Internet. You can play games, connect with friends, purchase that new outfit you didn’t think you needed but now know you do. It’s an extraordinary feeling to have an infinite amount of access to information and entertainment at your fingertips. The world wide web has come a long way from the Yahoo Geocities and the “You’ve Got Mail” of yesteryear. On February 6 we acknowledge these vast developments and the difficulties that may come with these changes by observing Safer Internet Day.

Safer Internet Day - History

2012
Received Official Recognition in the USA

The United States of America recognized the importance of Internet safety by granting official recognition of the day.

2009
Safer Internet Day Committees Introduced

Committees were promoted to increase awareness, hoping to bolster the safety of the Internet around the world.

2004
The Beginnings of the Safer Internet Day

It started as a proposal for the EU SafeBoarders project.

1990
Happy Birthday, Internet

Computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee invents the World Wide Web.

How to Observe Safer Internet Day

1. Attend the Safer Internet Day conference  
Every year, non-profit ConnectSafely.org holds a large conference promoting internet awareness for numerous age groups. In past years, representatives from Microsoft, Facebook, Google and more have hosted panel discussions, musicians, and speaking events. The day long event aims to make the Internet a better place for a diverse group of users.  

2. Discuss safe Internet practices 
If you can't attend a conference, don't fret. Discussing ways to make the Internet a better and safer place for people is an important step in the progress towards using the world wide web in a responsible manner. Talking with older and younger generations alike helps articulate fears and hopes for the future and establish a goal for proper Internet etiquette. 

3. Teach yourself good Internet habits
Just because you're skilled in the art of using the Internet doesn't mean you know everything about it. Read the myriad of material that the Safer Internet Day supporting websites provide for children and adults alike. The resources are informative and helpful in understanding the different obstacles that a present-day Internet user grapples with every time they open a new browser.

Why Safer Internet Day is Important

A. It's an excuse to learn about the Internet 
Thousands of new websites are created each day. With the amount of new content generated, it's important to be aware of the ever changing landscape of the Internet. Awareness of the evolving space should be a top priority for adults and children.  

B. It's celebrated globally 
Safer Internet Day is a day that is recognized in almost 130 countries. From the United States to the United Kingdom, from Poland to Panama, these countries and the many in between, all have their own way of observing the important day.  

C. Major companies support the day  
Students, teachers, and parents aren't the only groups that care about Safer Internet Day. Global brands understand the importance of keeping the world wide web safe for users as well. Facebook, Google, and Twitter are all committed to supporting a better and safer Internet.

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