08/02/2016 - News
Safer Internet Day (SID) 2016 on February 9th.
Safer Internet Day (SID) is an international event taking place in February every year, which promotes a safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones by children and young people across the world. 9 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 , Safer Internet Day has grown beyond its traditional geographic zone and is now celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide, and across six of the world’s seven continents.
From cyberbullying to social networking each year SID aims to address the current issues that influence especially young users online. Internet is a powerfull tool with enormous opportunities for learning, enhancing skills and acquiring new abilities and knowledge. However, with opportunities come risks. The goal of SID is to raise awareness but also to help by concrete actions to create not only a safe place but also a better place to be when being online. In order to achieve this goal SID offers the possibility for children, young students, teachers, parents, industry, policy makers, decision takers and other stakeholders to co-create better Internet.
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. How can YOU play your part?
Read the PAPER One in Three: Internet Governance and Children’s Rights, by Sonia Livingstone, John Carr and Jasmina Byrne
Free download here https://www.cigionline.org/sites/default/files/no22_2.pdf
"Children below the age of 18 possess the full range of human rights enjoyed by adults but, as legal minors undergoing crucial processes of human development, they cannot be treated in the same way as adults. States parties and others have unique obligations to those under the age of 18. Accepting the premise of the international NETmundial initiative on Internet governance means that the full range of children’s rights under international law and within national jurisdictions must be respected online as well as offline."