ConnectSafely announces Safer Internet Day 2023

ConnectSafely is the official US coordinator of Safer Internet Day.

PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA, USA, Feb. 1, 2023 / — More than 100 countries around the world will come together on Safer Internet Day on February 7 to raise awareness and resources to improve this important connection that connects our exchange world.

ConnectSafely is the official US host of this international event. The global theme is Together for a Better Internet and here in the US we focus on five themes, but we have many more resources based on local needs.

Main topics 2023:

– Media literacy and critical thinking
-Picking on peers
-Wellness, identity and self-esteem
-Scams, Predators and Creeps

US participation

Schools, families, community organizations and businesses across the country will share resources and host events on Safer Internet Day.

“Safer Internet is a day when everyone can take some time to think and talk about how we can all help make the Internet a better and safer place for ourselves, our families, our communities and the world,” said Larry Magid, CEO of ConnectSafely. “To that end, ConnectSafely has compiled resources for use in homes, schools and businesses to provide parents, educators and professionals with resources to promote internet safety, privacy and security.” Magid added, “How we behave online and others treat makes a difference and we all have a role to play.”

History of Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day began in Europe in 2004 and ConnectSafely was named the Official US Host in 2014 in partnership with the European Commission, the US Department of Homeland Security and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo. Since then, it has been celebrated in classrooms virtually and across the US, as well as at major student-run events in Austin, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington, DC and Los Angeles. Personal speakers included (now) Vice President Kamala Harris, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Senator Chuck Schumer, as well as local school district superintendents and other local dignitaries.

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Live event and resources for families

This year we are sponsoring a national live virtual event as well as several local school events across the country that are expected to reach more than 20,000 students from Maine to Hawaii. ConnectSafely has provided lesson plans, discussion points, videos, guides, tip sheets, and other resources for schools and families to use.

Our live parenting event will take place on Tuesday, February 7th at 7:30am EST and was created in partnership with National PTA. Families can have their own “events” at any time. For a registration link for our live event and resources for families, visit School materials are available at

Safer Internet Day US is hosted by ConnectSafely with program support from National PTA and My Digital TAT2. Supporters include Amazon Kids, Comcast, Discord, Google, Meta, Meet Group, Microsoft, Roblox, Snapchat, TikTok, Trend Micro, Twitch, and Zepeto.

About ConnectSafely

ConnectSafely is a non-profit organization based in Silicon Valley, California, dedicated to educating people about security, privacy and digital wellbeing. Resources include research-based safety tips, parenting guides, advice, news and commentary on all aspects of technology use and politics. ConnectSafely offers in-depth guides and “quick start guides” for parents, educators, youth and policy makers, as well as resources for seniors and other adults. ConnectSafely also produces a twice-weekly ConnectSafely report for CBS News Radio along with webcasts, podcasts and special events.

For more information on ConnectSafely and Safer Internet Day 2023, visit and or join us on social media.

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