Safer Internet Day celebrated across Europe and beyond

Posted on 08 February 2005

European Schoolnet Press Release

www.eun.org

Safer Internet Day is celebrated in 30 countries across Europe and beyond on 8 February 2005.

Safer Internet Day represents an effort by a global community of awareness-raising partners to promote a safer Internet for all of its users, especially young people. The days’ events are conducted under the patronage of European Commissioner Viviane Reding.

Message from Commissioner Reding

“As European Commissioner for Information Society and Media, the safety of children using all media is a major concern for me.

I am very glad that a new Safer Internet Day is being organised in 2005, following the successful first event in 2004. I hope that it becomes an annual event. I am delighted to be the patron of the competition for school children which is being launched today as part of the activities in Europe and beyond.

The European Commission will continue to encourage raising awareness of safer use of the Internet, thanks to the new Safer Internet plus programme 2005-2008, part of a coherent and consistent policy on children and media agreed with the full backing of the European Parliament and the Council.”

Insafe, the European network of national Internet safety awareness nodes, officially launches its new portal on Safer Internet Day. This portal will develop into a reference point for Internet safety, bringing together news and resources from national partners across Europe.

The portal is online at: www.saferinternet.org

In addition, a newsletter is being launched, to bring the latest information on current and emerging technologies to the general and specialist public. It will highlight pertinent issues and events in the field of Internet safety awareness.

The highlight of Safer Internet Day activities is the launch of the storytelling competition under the patronage of Commissioner Reding. Children from 9 to 15 are invited to write digital stories on the theme of safer Internet. National winners from the 19 participating countries will take part in a European Grand Final. The very best story will be published in a colourful children’s book to be distributed worldwide.

To see the full list of events organised by Insafe members and worldwide partners from as far afield as Russia, Singapore and Australia see www.saferinternet.org

Contact: Janice Richardson ([email protected])

The Insafe network coordinates Internet safety awareness throughout Europe in partnership with national Safer Internet awareness nodes. It raises the impact of Internet safety actions by facilitating the exchange of information and resources between national awareness nodes.

Insafe is operated by European Schoolnet and is co-funded by the European Commission’s Safer Internet Programme.

European Schoolnet (www.eun.org) is a unique international partnership of 26 Ministries of Education developing learning for schools, teachers and pupils across Europe and beyond. We provide insight into the use of ICT (information and communications technology) in Europe for policy-makers and education professionals. This goal is achieved through communication and information exchange at all levels of school education using innovative technologies, and by acting as a gateway to national and regional school networks.

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30 countries participating: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

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