An open letter about Safer Internet Day 2016

Dear friends of ConnectSafely and Safer Internet Day,

We’ve finalized the agenda, printed the programs and are about to pick up the “Step and Repeat,” so the 300+ students attending Safer Internet Day at Universal Studios Hollywood can take selfies in style.

It’s shaping up to be a great program and, even if you can’t join us in person, we hope you’ll watch the live stream. In addition to our professional video crew, our partners at LA Unified School District have arranged for student journalists to use Periscope as roving reporters to live stream the offstage action including when the students are in small groups answering the tough questions we all face and as they interact with the exhibits and walk the red carpet.

We also have some great speakers. With help from our partners at Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, we’ve assembled an all-star cast of young panelists from Beyond Differences. #ICANHELP, and IspirED on the topic “Rejecting Hate, Building Resilience & Growing the Good Online,” moderated by college filmmaker, Instagram personality and transgender activist Leo Sheng.

Professional wrestler and reality TV star Mike “The Miz” Mizanin will speak about how it’s possible to play a bad guy on TV but be a gentle soul in real life with messaging about his own experiences with bullying. LA media personality Tshaka Armstrong, a parent and founder of Digital Shepherds, will inspire the kids to take responsibility for making the world a better place.

Our own K-12 education director Kerry Gallagher will lead the students as they break into small groups with the help of our distinguished coaches and judges who will pick the top student proposals for special recognition.

And we’re excited to also welcome Zoë Quinn, founder of Crash Override who works hard to fight the online harassment that she herself faced as “patient zero of Gamergate.”

So, here’s our ask. Please join the live stream and Periscope webcasts. AND TWEET about the event ahead of time using hashtags #SIDUS16 and #SaferInternetDay and the link for the live stream:

Larry Magid