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Today the Insafe and INHOPE networks, (the European network of Safer Internet Centres and the International Association of Internet Hotlines respectively) are celebrating Safer Internet Day (SID) for the ninth year running. An initiative of the European Commission’s Safer Internet Programme, this day marks an annual opportunity to engage in making the internet a safer and better place for our children and young people. Since its first edition in 2004, interest in Safer Internet Day has grown tremendously to reach 6 of the world’s 7 continents in more than 70 countries worldwide; including all 27 countries of the European Union.

"The Internet is one of the best places for kids to be. You can socialise, play, learn and create; and a world of information and opportunity is just a few clicks away.” said Vice-President Neelie Kroes, patron of Safer Internet Day, and the European Digital Agenda Commissioner. “I want everyone - parents, teachers, children, NGOs and policy makers - to work together, so all kids' online experiences are positive ones. So wherever you are, however you are taking part in Safer Internet Day, I wish you the best of luck today, and in the future".

Safer Internet Day 2012 celebrates the theme Connecting Generations with the slogan Discover the digital world together… safely! This topic examines the reach of the online world across all generations and cultures and encourages families to work together to stay safe online. No matter their age or how often they use the internet, each person has something different to bring to the table that can help shape online experiences and the understanding of online competences and safety across all generations. The Insafe network believes that “we all have a role to play in ensuring that every child is safe online”.

Every year the Insafe network produces a SID campaign video. This year’s video is an animation featuring both the SID mascot and an older relative. It shows how new technologies can help to connect generations, encouraging users both young and old to join together in creating positive online experiences, to share knowledge and wisdom, but also to support each other when things might be risky or, indeed, go wrong.

In preparation for Safer Internet Day 2012 Insafe have launched a new annual initiative: a Safer Internet Day Kit for Schools. From 2012 Insafe will group SID specific resources (ranging from a lesson plan about the video to SID marketing materials) with internet safety resources from across its network into a virtual kit. As part of the kit a new video was developed to provide an overview of Safer Internet Day past and present, and to showcase some of the most diverse previous national campaigns.

Also on February 7, EU Kids Online, one of Insafe’s partner projects, will release a new report, entitled “Engage, don’t restrict – to protect children from online risk”. It is based on information gathered in 25 European countries from a face-to-face, in home survey of 25,000 9-16 year old internet users and their parents. The report shows that compared with restricting children’s internet use, positive engagement can reduce the risk of harm without preventing the benefits of internet use. For more information please visit

To download the SID resources or to find out more about online and offline regional activities organised in your country visit the Safer Internet Day website (, a collaborative platform where more than 90 Safer Internet Day committees, international organisations and stakeholders have profile pages where they blog and communicate about their SID actions.

Insafe is currently promoting #SID2012 and #ConnectingGenerations as the main tags on Twitter.

For further information, please contact:

Christel Vacelet

Information &Communication Manager, European Schoolnet

+32 485 52 30 60

Insafe team: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Insafe and INHOPE

Under the framework of the European Commission's Safer Internet Programme, Insafe and INHOPE work together to deliver a safer internet, promoting safe, responsible use of the internet and mobile devices to children, young people and their families, and working to identify and remove illegal content online. Find out more by visiting the Insafe and INHOPE joint portal at Here you will find links to the various safer internet centre services, by country, along with news and events, and FAQs on safer internet issues.

Alternatively, you can visit the Insafe or INHOPE websites direct (Insafe: and INHOPE:




About Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day is part of a global drive by awareness-raising partners to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people. It is organised by Insafe in the framework of the European Commission’s Safer Internet Programme.

About European Schoolnet

European Schoolnet (EUN) ( is a not-for-profit consortium of 31 Ministries of Education across Europe, established in 1997. EUN provides major European education portals for teaching, learning and collaboration by leading the way to bring about change in schooling through the use of new technology.

About EU Kids Online

The EU Kids Online project ( aims to enhance knowledge of European children’s and parents’ experiences and practices regarding risky and safer use of the internet and new online technologies, and thereby to inform the promotion of a safer online environment for children. The project is funded by the EC Safer Internet Programme.

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