Monday, February 8, 2016

#SID2016 at school : Let's play our part for a better internet

Safer Internet Day #SID is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world.

Safer Internet Day 2016 will be celebrated on Tuesday 9 February 2016. The theme for the day is:

"Play your part for a better internet."

Safer Internet Day is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people. One of three internet users are children and they spend more and more time on social media, playing online games or using mobile apps. 

credits: Better Internet for Kids

The call to action for Safer Internet Day 2016 is; “Play your part for a better internet” and the hashtags are #SID2016 and #Up2Us.

Explore the infographic above and the website for ideas, information and inspiration on how to get involved.

credits: Digital Agenda EU

Over the years, Safer Internet Day (SID) has become a landmark event in the online safety calendar. 

Starting as an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project in 2004 and taken up by the Insafe network as one of its earliest actions in 2005, Safer Internet Day has grown beyond its traditional geographic zone and is now celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide, and across all continents

Visit the Better Internet for Kids websiteClick on your country flag to find out what's happening near you.

From cyberbullying to social networking, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and chooses a topic reflecting current concerns. 

For SID 2016, the focus of the day is "Play your part for a better internet", reflecting the fact that we all have a role to play.


Being safe online at any age not only requires awareness and knowledge but also quite a mastery of skills:

  • Digital literacy skills, 
  • Social skills, 
  • Communication skills
  • Emotional skills. 

Arguably, it's important to have a little bit of everything in order to have a safe online experience. It's so important to be socially and emotionally skilled in order to become an empowered, resilient and empathic user of modern technology. 

SID 2016 has put together some activities teachers can use in their school to celebrate Safer Internet Day all over February.

All the activities are described below and you can download a Powerpoint presentation with scripts, videos, and worksheets. You can use to help get things started.



  • Create an Internet Safety Poster
  • Agree an online code
  • Positive messages campaign
  • The Granny Rule: which photos are okay to share?
  • Super Selfie (up-to16)
You can choose other activities to  involve your students on the SID website

Digital resources for teachers :

  • Videos for different ages:


Trust (2010) : Trust : a movie for safety on Internet 2012

Disconnect (2014) : Education: Disconnect and Safer Internet 2014 

Brochures, Helplines, Handbooks:

  • Youth Manifesto For a Better Internet : read the brochure here
  • The Web We Want is an educational handbook developed by European Schoolnet for 13-16 year olds aimed at helping to reflect on online experiences and responsibilities. 
The handbook has been developed with and by young people, and has reflective exercises about the Internet for students to think and write about.
Students can test their online skills, learn more about their rights in the online world and create tips and tools that they can share with other young people. The handbook has some nice details about what other teens think about certain online activities and what they want out of the internet, which can aid reflection.

The Web We Want

The Web We Want for Teens : Download here


The Web We Want

The We We Want For Educators: HandBook download here


Social media:

Facebook :

Twitter: @SaferInternetEU or @safeinternetday #SID2016 #UP2US

Instagram : sid2016

Some thoughts: 

Children born today are growing up in a world powered by data. They will be surrounded by powerful digital technologies, while the world’s information is digitised, analysed and transmitted around them in seconds. The internet is their companion, sometimes more than their family, school and friends.

Teachers and educators must help children and teens to be well informed. We need to give them the skills to keep themselves safe online.  

Knowing how to sniff out trouble, knowing how to avoid it, and knowing how to handle it when it comes knocking are key essential life skills.

Please pass the message! There’s always someone to them : teachers, parents, older brothers, grandfathers.

Whether we are children and young people, teachers, parents, educators or social care workers, we all have a part to play for a better internet, a better and safer place to be, especially for kids and teens.

There is always place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.


As parents, search for latest information on websites your kids like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what they can do about it. 

There are always areas on websites about safety if you look after young people, with resources that teachers and parents can use at home,  at school or just to get with it. 


Every teacher will work #SID2015 in differents ways thinking on their students (age and level).

Teachers will find a wealth of multilingual resources empowering young people, and their families to make the best possible use of online technology.

"SID is a space where leaders in the internet safety community can communicate with the public and exchange ideas, knowledge and experience with each other."

I play my part for a better Internet by supporting Safer Internet Day !



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