Today is Safer Internet Day

Today is the eleventh Safer Internet Day and the theme this year is "Let’s create a better internet together".

The day is coordinated in the UK but has spread to over 100 countries. The idea is to provide a platform to celebrate digital creativity and encourage the safe, responsible use of technology.

Two of IFFOR's core policy goals concern the creation of a safer Internet:

  • Promote the development and adoption of responsible business practices designed to combat online child abuse images, user choice and parental control regarding access to online adult entertainment, and;
  • Protect the privacy, security, and consumer rights of consenting adult consumers of online adult entertainment goods and services

One of the key messages being pushed this year is what parents can and should do to improve safety online.

According to the organizers, more than two thirds of parents say that they have discussed online safety with their children, but just 1 in 5 of them have spoken to their children about how to report concerns online. That may mean that many children lack the skills to respond to cyberbullying, sexual exploitation and inappropriate content. The message is that there is still work to be done to make the Internet a safer, better place.

For more information, including events across the globe, visit the Safer Internet Day webpage.