Europe celebrates Safer Internet Day

Tuesday 8 February is Safer Internet Day, which highlights efforts to make the Internet a better place for children and young people. 

The theme of this year's event is "Digital Lives" with the slogan "It’s more than a game, it’s your life". The theme encompasses online gaming – from simple games to MMOGs (Massive Multiplayer Online Game) – and social networking, i.e. the two online activities most popular with Europe’s youth.  

"Safer Internet Day is the annual highlight for the wide range of people and organisations who work hard to make the internet safer. Today, Safer Internet Centres, educators, parents, industry policy makers and children themselves all have the opportunity to review their achievements and identify challenges ahead" said Neelie Kroes, patron of Safer Internet Day, and European Digital Agenda Commissioner. 

"For children and young people especially, it is both a celebration of the wonderful opportunities the online world offers, and a reminder that they need to be 

Responsible citizens in the digital world. I am proud to support Safer Internet Day".

Safer Internet Day 2011 also marks the launch of two publications. The first is entitled "Play and Learn: Being online", and is aimed at children aged 4-8 as well and their parents and teachers. 

The second is the Digipack 2011, which offers teachers and parents Europe-wide an exciting. From handbooks for teachers to videos for parents and children, these 30 high quality resources will be of great use to professionals in the field. 

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