Safer Internet Day

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : May 2, 2022, 14:00

Safer Internet Day is observed every year on the second day of the second week of February across the world to emphasise the importance of building a safer and more responsible internet.

What is Safer Internet Day?

Safer Internet Day is a day specially marked out to highlight the importance of creating a safer internet and a more responsible internet environment where users may use the internet securely, without exposing themselves to cyber risks.

  • It began as an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project in 2004 and was then taken up by the Insafe network of European Safer Internet Centres (SICs) in 2005
  • It is now organised by the Insafe network with the support of the European Commission
  • Safer Internet Day is now celebrated in approximately 200 countries and territories across the globe
  • It places particular emphasis on protecting young people and spreading awareness on how they can take steps to protect themselves online

Key Facts About Safer Internet Day

Key facts about Safer Internet Day are as follows -

  • While it is a European initiative, Safer Internet Day is also celebrated outside Europe and is now a globally marked occasion
  • In 2009, Safer Internet Day (SID) Committees were introduced, to connect across different countries and extend the network
  • There are now more than 100 SID Committees across the world working with the Safer Internet Day Coordination Team, which is based at the EU headquarters in Brussels
  • In India, the SID Committee is the New Delhi-based NGO called DISC (Developing Internet Safe Community) Foundation
  • Safer Internet Day 2022 was observed under the theme "'All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online' to bring a focus to the participation of young people
  • It emphasised gaming, chat, streaming and video functions and the role of young people in participating in creating a safer internet while they are engaged in gaming or chat or creating content or interacting online
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Significance of Safer Internet Day

In the digital age, building a secure online environment is a must and Safer Internet Day is a significant initiative in this sphere.

  • There are various cyber risks such as cyberbullying, theft of digital identity, theft of data, cyber-attacks through malware or hacking, and cyber predators
  • Safer Internet Day mobilises actors across nations to raise awareness and coordinate initiatives to build internet security, particularly initiatives involving young people
  • It provides a call to diverse stakeholders to join together despite their differing interests and find a way to build a more responsible online environment
  • These stakeholders include parents, educators, organisations, policy-makers, internet businesses, companies, and media representatives
  • It also provides an incentive to organisations and individuals to use that day to organise an event on internet safety or reassess their internet security protocol
  • Given that the online world is now intrinsically connected with people's everyday lives, it is all the more important to take online safety seriously.

Safer Internet Day 2022 Theme

This year, Safer Internet Day was celebrated on February 8th, 2022 with the theme 'All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online' to emphasise the role of young people in positive internet use.

Safer Internet Day is an opportunity for various organisations and stakeholders in different countries to show their commitment to a safer internet space. With so many transactions, functions and communications taking place online and with so many young people using social media and other online platforms, internet safety is a priority concern.

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FAQs on Safer Internet Day

Q.1. What is Safer Internet Day?

Safer Internet Day is a day celebrating the importance of creating a safer internet and a more responsible internet environment.

Q.2. Which organisation organises the initiative of Safer Internet Day?

The Insafe network of European Safer Internet Centres organises the initiative of Safer Internet Day, with the support of the European Commission.

Q.3. When was Safer Internet Day celebrated in 2022?

In 2022, Safer Internet Day was celebrated on February 8th, 2022

Q.4. What was the theme of the 2022 Safer Internet Day?

The theme of the 2022 Safer Internet Day was All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online.

Q.5. Which organisation serves as the Safer Internet Day Committee in India?

The NGO called DISC (Developing Internet Safe Community) Foundation serves as the Safer Internet Day Committee in India.