Internet – the online version of the real world. It is the space where our relationships, careers and various aspects of our professional and personal lives, seamlessly integrate with each other. Along with all the advantages of blurring of geographical boundaries, and connecting with people from various corners of the world, it is a sad but true reflection of reality, that many offline crimes such as stalking, harassment and violence, are also manifested in the offline spaces.
With this thought, we bring to your notice that Safer Internet Day is approaching, this year on Tuesday, 7 February, with the theme of ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’. Over the years, Safer Internet Day (SID) has become a significant day in terms of online safety. Originally an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project in 2004, and taken up by the Insafe network as one of its earliest actions in 2005, Safer Internet Day has grown beyond its traditional geographic zone and is now celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide, and across all continents. From cyberbullying to social networking, each year Safer Internet Day chooses a topic reflecting current concerns.
Social Media giant Facebook and Centre for Social Research, have been working towards safer internet for the past two years, via our #SocialSurfing project, which intends to initiate the dialogue on how the user can have a positive online experience by maximizing the use of social media platforms. Spanning the length and breadth of India, with over 100 workshops, #SocialSurfing aims to engage with a diverse group of internet users and build their capacities for a positive and gender sensitive online experience. Our workshops integrate hardcore facts about online safety and privacy basics, along with interactive sessions consisting of group activities, which focus on imparting knowledge about being safe online, and carrying out effective online communication.
Our Social Surfing documentary, shot around the first phase of the project between 2015-16, provides an insight into this collaboration. We are currently winding up our second phase.
So for us, Safer Internet Day has great significance, and that is why we have something very special planned for the week approaching #SID2017. In addition to our ongoing #PasswordKyaHai campaign (aimed to crowdsource ways to keep your passwords safe and secure), we plan to focus on a range of safety videos which Facebook has come up with, and hope to generate awareness regarding how to keep your Facebook account safe.
We look forward to your participation in our campaign towards #SID2017!