Safer Internet Day
The Internet is a part of our everyday lives. Whether we are sharing photos with grandparents far away, researching a new project, or paying bills online, the web empowers us to do the things we need and want to do. To have an active and positive digital lifestyle, we all must play a role in helping to keep the Internet a better and safer place.
Microsoft is a long-standing supporter of Safer Internet Day (SID), a global campaign that promotes a healthy Internet for everyone. Organized by Insafe, and co-founded by the European Union, SID encourages responsible use of online technologies and services. In 2014, Microsoft is once again helping to promote appropriate online behavior with the SID theme, "Let's create a better Internet together." And, for the first time in its 11-year history, Insafe appointed the online safety organization ConnectSafely.org as the US host for this global campaign.
Get ready for SID
This year, Microsoft is asking you to Do 1 Thing to stay safer online. Starting February 11, you can share your promise to create a better Internet on a new website: Microsoft.com/SaferOnline. By doing so or participating in either of the social media activities below, Microsoft will make a donation to TechSoup Global – a nonprofit organization using technology to solve global problems and foster social change!
#Do1Thing profile picture. Leading up to Safer Internet Day, download and use the #Do1Thing icon (JPG) as your social media profile picture to encourage others to join the SID movement! Show your updated profile by tweeting to the @Safer_Online channel or commenting on the Safer Online Facebook page and Microsoft will make a $50 USD donation to TechSoup Global.
Join our SID Twitter party. Beginning at 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time on February 11, 2014, the Microsoft @Safer_Online channel will host a #SID2014 Twitter party, and everyone’s invited! There are three ways to win prizes: participating in the party, answering the "creative question," and decoding our SID phrase. Read the official rules for details.
Although Safer Internet Day is only once a year, regularly take action to safeguard your digital world. Use and share these additional ideas to educate yourself and others in your community.
Find your computing safety score. On SID, Microsoft will release the results of its third annual global Microsoft Computing Safety Index (MCSI). You can see what your score is by taking the abbreviated MCSI survey.
Plan your own safety event. Conduct an online safety event, large or small, in your office or community. Microsoft’s Digital Citizenship in Action Toolkit can help you plan, advertise, and deliver your presentation and event. The Toolkit contains brochures, videos, posters, Microsoft PowerPoint templates with speaker notes, and more.
There are many things you can do to help build a better Internet. If we all just Do 1 Thing, imagine how much safer we could all be, together.
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