This year, Safer Internet Day will be celebrated on Tuesday, 9 February 2021 by millions of supporters across the globe, joining forces “Together for a better Internet”. While we recognise that celebrations may look a little different this time around as we adapt to COVID-19 constraints, we hope that SID 2021 will still be a vibrant and engaging celebration, allowing us all to reflect on our increased use of digital technologies as a result of the pandemic.
Teachers, educators and social workers can help create a better Internet by equipping their pupils and students with the digital literacy and critical thinking skills they need to be able to better navigate the online world.
- teach pupils some simple habits to allow them to make the most of the opportunities the online world has to offer;
- make use of positive online content in the classroom, encouraging their pupils to do the same at home;
- empower pupils to make considered choices online, which is best achieved through education and awareness with regard to common online safety concerns;
- and set a personal example of positive online behaviour for their pupils.
To support teachers and educators in this endeavour, the Safer Internet Day website features a “Resources” section with a range of pedagogical materials on online safety for many different age groups and in many different languages, which will prove useful for awareness-raising activities on the day of SID, and throughout the school year.
eTwinning supports Safer Internet Day 2021.
This year eTwinning aims to promote media literacy and stresses the importance of critical thinking skills by introducing teachers to how to tackle the phenomenon of disinformation and fake news. There will be many activities focused on the topic: professional development opportunities, project kits for teachers and students, conferences, communication campaigns and publications of articles on the portal. eTwinners passionate about online safety can also join the group Bringing eSafety into eTwinning projects to share and exchange knowledge on the topic with other colleagues.
Check also the eTwinning kit Better e-Safe than Sorry.
If you’d like to join the global rally for a better Internet and get involved in Safer Internet Day, you will find out more details on how you can take part in SID 2021 at www.saferinternetday.org/join. Additionally, make sure to follow Safer Internet Day on Facebook and Twitter, and to share your plans for the big day on social media using #SaferInternetDay and #SID2021.
* Safer Internet Day would not be possible without the support of the European Commission. Currently the funding is provided by the Connecting Europe Facility programme (CEF). Find out more about the EC’s “European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children” on the European Commission’s website.