Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day - Tuesday, February 11, 2025

Special Interest Safety Technology

Get your modems going, because February 11 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 11 we acknowledge these vast developments and the difficulties that may come with these changes by observing Safer Internet Day.

The Internet has been an amazing invention that has undoubtedly change the world in more ways than we can think of. Not all of those ways, unfortunately, have been positive. We can connect to people faster, find things easier, and transfer information at the speed of light. These very boons of communication can become the bane of safety. So much of our private lives and information get transferred over the internet, Safer Internet Day reminds us to protect ourselves from the dangers there and make the internet a little safer for everyone.

History of Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day came to exist officially in 2012, when the US Department of Homeland Security and the European Commission decided it was time to help shepherd the growing beast that was the Internet into a playground that was safer for our youth. In America things got really going in 2013 when was appointed to coordinate the efforts in the American theater, and they’ve been driving it forward a little more every year. Each year they choose a theme to help promote, and a goal that they intend to reach. What kinds of goals?

In 2015 they began to promote that year’s theme “Actions & Activism Toward a Better Net & World”, where they focused on concerns like bullying and integration with the National Parent Teacher Association, and working to use technology to help effect social change. This is a particularly powerful use of the tool, given that people from every walk of life and culture from around the world can connect and communicate in ways they never could before. That’s what the Internet was for, what it brought to us, and the world it helped bring together.

How to celebrate Safer Internet Day

The first thing you can do to Celebrate Safer Internet Day is work towards expanding your own online safety portfolio. Know what to do if you see cases of cyberbullying, and how to connect and communicate with people all over the world in areas of shared interest. Make sure your identity is solidly protected, and that the people who are in your life are protected as well. Even better, take a stop by and check out the newest apps for protecting yourself and your children, and follow up on the breaking news about internet security.

Safer Internet Day timeline


Received Official Recognition in the USA

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


Safer Internet Day Committees Introduced

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


The Beginnings of the Safer Internet Day

It started as a proposal for the EU SafeBoarders project.


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 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

  1. 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.  

  2. 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.  

  3. 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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