February 5 is fast approaching and this year, the date marks Safer Internet Day for 2019. Safer Internet Day is a globally recognized day with the goal of equipping people with four skills vital to safer online navigation: Respect, Responsibility, Reasoning & Resilience.
With libraries becoming ever more vital as community hubs for online access, Safer Internet Day, with the 2019 theme of ‘Together for a better internet’, is a great opportunity to further empower your community in taking control of their online experience.
Libraries can easily become involved as supporters of Safer Internet day, from promoting awareness by simply displaying a poster, to facilitating a range of other activities on and around the date. This is supported by a great range of resources developed to make involvement easy.
Quite apart from displaying a range of posters in your branch, or attaching a themed footer to your email signature, why not try a social media campaign and get your community involved? The resource kit includes a range of fun character selfie masks and a pledge board for easy printing. Using the preferred hashtags provided you can create a cool and coordinated campaign starring your patrons, conveying their own messages about online safety.
Why not use the opportunity to promote items from your own collections on cyber safety, do a display, or perhaps even feature a Cyber Safety Storytime?
Consider empowering your teens with a series of workshops based around the YeS Project, a digital and social health program encouraging young people to take back control of the conversation around what they would like their online experience to look like.
You could also invite your young people to have a go at The Lost Summer an online game which challenges the player to demonstrate qualities such as critical thinking, empathy, resilience to advance through the game.
So, with just under 2 weeks to go until Safer Internet Day 2019, sign up as a supporter, download some resources and start planning activities which will best excite your community.