ConnectSafely, along with organizations in more than 100 countries around the world, celebrated Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, February 6th, but today, tomorrow, or any other day are also good times to talk about how you and your family can use the internet in a safer and more secure manner.
All of ConnectSafely’s Safer Internet Day resources remain online, including materials that you and your family can use to learn about our main topic areas:
- Generative AI
- Media literacy and critical thinking
- Picking on peers (aka cyberbullying)
- Wellness, identity and self-respect
- Scams, predators and creeps
Virtual events and resources for families
Our video event, in partnership with the National PTA, remains on YouTube, so it’s not too late to watch Smart Digital Parenting: Navigating Screens with Children & Teens, featuring parent and education experts Kerry Gallagher from ConnectSafely and Mikki Wilson from National PTA. This is one of many ConnectSafely Safer Internet videos in our Safer Internet Day 2024 YouTube playlist.
And even though it’s no longer Safer Internet Day, you can still have at-home conversations with your family using our at-home Family Program Resources.
School and Community Programs
ConnectSafely sponsored programs in schools and communities across the United States, estimated to reach about 100,000 students. These programs, run by local educators, were able to use ConnectSafely materials including lesson plans, guides, videos, podcasts and presentation slides.
First Device campaign
ConnectSafely is also working with the First Device campaign, created by international children’s charity Power of Zero and other organizations across North and South America. This program is designed to provide guidance to families during the significant time when a child receives their first electronic device. You’ll find these resources on our First Device page.
Launch of ConnectSafely Youth Advisory Council
We are now accepting applications for our Youth Advisory Council to provide a platform for youth to share their perspectives, discuss digital issues, and contribute to developing strategies that promote positive online experiences. Students will hone their leadership skills and have opportunities to blog, voice their opinions and observations and be active partners with ConnectSafely and its industry partners.
ConnectSafely hosts Safer Internet Day U.S. with program support from the National PTA and My Digital TAT2. Supporters include Amazon Kids, Discord, Google, Meta, Open AI, Roblox, Snapchat, TikTok and ZEPETO.
For more information, visit SaferInternetDay.us and ConnectSafely.org.