The annual campaign works to raise awareness on how to make the internet a safer place.
The slogan for this year’s campaign is “together for a safer internet”. According to Better Internet For Kids, the aim of the global campaign is to “raise awareness for both a safer and a better internet, where everyone is empowered to use technology not just safely but also responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively”.
With a focus on young children and those who surround and support them, such as parents and educators, the aim is to make them aware of the opportunities available online, “regardless of ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender,” while also ensuring they are aware of the risks they may face while browsing the web.
— Habiba Da Silva (@HabibaDaSilva) February 5, 2019
Numerous UK YouTubers took part in raising awareness about the 2019 campaign, sharing videos posted to their Twitter accounts under the hashtag #SaferInternetDay. Those involved include Jake Edwards, Habiba Da Silva and Dina Torkia.
Each video advocates the use of Twitter’s many features. Jake’s touched on the report button, which allows users to report anyone who is violating the site’s terms of service, while Dina spoke about utilizing the mute button in order to block certain words or phrases from appearing on one’s timeline. Habiba mentioned the site’s block feature and asked her followers to not respond to any hate they might be sent via the social media platform and on the internet in general.
I've teamed up with Twitter for #SAFERINTERNETDAY to bring your attention to the MUTE FEATURE which is a great tool to help you guys tailor what appears on your timeline, to keep this platform a happy and safe place for us all 😀 #ad pic.twitter.com/LXNWH5FN3G
— Dinatokio (@dinatokio) February 5, 2019
The campaign was discussed elsewhere online, with Max and Harvey Mills teaming up with the BBC to film a video educating parents on how their kids can use the internet safely. The clip was filmed in collaboration with the children’s website Own It, which works to ensure those aged nine to 12 are able to get the most out of their time online.
— Jake Edwards ✨ (@jakeftmagic) February 5, 2019
The next Safer Internet Day is scheduled to occur on 11 February 2020. Those wishing to find out more information about the campaign or to access resources can do so by visit the official website.