Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Safer Internet Day

Today is Safer Internet Day. There is information on the day at http://www.saferinternet.org/ww/
, organised by Insafethe European internet safety network with support from the European Union. The event concentrates on two themes: social networking and cyberbullying. Apparently native-language versions of a TV ad warning against cyber-bullying will be shown in European countries and there are associated events. If you click on Library at the top of the page there is a database of links to resources on the topic. There are also are pages of resources to download, including some cyber-safety quizzes and brochures including "what would you do in this situation" scenarios. I didn't look at all the material, but most of these items were not available in English yet, but were in other languages (e.g. German, French, Greek).
They also advertise a safer internet "fair" taking place online 10-24 February at http://www.sidfair.org/sinfer/index.html. I think this is one of those events where people are still frantically putting up the exhibition booths as the first visitors stream into the hall (e.g. if you select United Kingdom as your country, the news consists of "test to link"). Thus today all I could see was a film in another European language and the start of a news story about mobile phones. I am sure more will follow.

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