Safer Internet Day 2014 is Tuesday, Feb. 11, and here at Common Sense Media, we are proud to join ConnectSafely.org, the nonprofit Internet safety organization, as well as people, organizations, companies, and governments throughout the world in promoting safe, effective use of online and mobile media and technology by all. Indeed, it’s core to our mission to do so.
You to can be a part of this awareness-raising effort that spans more than 100 countries around the globe and takes place every second day of the second week of February. While Safer Internet Day has existed in the European Union for 11 years, this year the European Commission asked ConnectSafely.org to coordinate activities in the United States.
ConnectSafetly.org has chosen “Let’s create a better Internet together" as this year’s theme. The goal is to grow the amount of good there is online. Expressions of kindness and positive social action -- big or small, by people of all ages -- are what this campaign is all about.
Here’s how you can take part:
1. Share One Good Thing
Think of a good thing you’ve done or seen somebody else do to make the Internet a better place (here are some examples), then share it with a little text or video. Just post it on ConnectSafely’s Facebook page (you can upload video or photos) or fill out the form on this page and attach any necessary files. Another way, if you prefer, is to email mailto:contact@SaferInternetDay.us.
Invite friends over or gather a group of students together, serve refreshments, and then ask them to break up into small groups and create a short video (on their phone would be fine) indicating “one good thing that they’ve done to make the Internet a better place OR the world a better place using the Internet.” Upload videos to the One Good Thing website.
3. Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #SID2014 and #OneGoodThing.
4. Organize a Teens Teach Tech night at your school, library, senior center, or place of worship, and -- with a bunch of smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc. -- have teens teach adults social media best practices on all available devices. Or have older teens teach younger teens at school some best practices for using social media responsibly and effectively.
5. Teach one of Common Sense Media’s lessons that focus on making the Web a better place! Here is a sampling:
- Grades K-2: My Online Community
Students explore the concept that people can connect with one another through the Internet. They understand how the ability for people to communicate online can unite a community.
- Grades 3-5: Digital Citizenship Pledge
Students work together to outline common expectations in order to build a strong digital citizenship community. Each member of the class signs a We the Digital Citizens pledge.
- Grades 6-8: With Power Comes Responsibility
Students explore what it means to be responsible and respectful to their offline and online communities as a step toward learning about the characteristics of a good digital citizen.
- Grades 6-8: Build Your Ideal Community
Students will consider the characteristics of positive online communities that promote responsibility and respect.
- Grades 9-12: My Online Code
Students discuss their understanding of ethical behavior and are introduced to the concept of online ethics.
Have your students participated in the One Good Thing movement yet? We'd love to hear what they're doing! Comment below to share.