|6 February 2024
Safer Internet Day in 2024
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Safer Internet Day aims to promote a safer and more responsible use of the internet and digital technologies, especially among young people. The observance focuses on addressing key concerns such as cyberbullying, online privacy, and digital skills. By fostering positive digital interactions, Safer Internet Day seeks to create a better, more inclusive online environment for users of all ages.
The initiative was launched by the European Union in 2004 as part of its SafeBorders project and has since grown to gain support from over 170 countries worldwide, including all 27 EU member states. The importance of this event for the European Union lies in the shared responsibility to safeguard user privacy and data protection, while simultaneously enabling a digitally literate and empowered society. Moreover, in light of the increasing number of internet users, Safer Internet Day emphasizes the need for empowering young people to make informed decisions and behave ethically in online environments, thus contributing to creating a digitally responsible and safe Europe.
To mark Safer Internet Day, various events and activities take place across European Union countries, both on- and offline. These may range from seminars and workshops to awareness campaigns, all aimed at providing information and education on how to use the internet safely and responsibly. Schools, non-profit organizations, and public institutions play an active role in organizing and participating in these events. Safer Internet Day is celebrated annually on the second day of the second week of February, with each year focusing on a different theme related to online safety.
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