Safer Internet Day creates a better Internet today

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Senator Charles Schumer: Featured speaker

WASHINGTON, February 11, 2014 – Today, Safer Internet Day, online safety experts, youth advocates and representatives from government and leading technology companies join students in the nation’s capital to discuss youth perspectives and practices in social media. Marked on the second Tuesday of each February in more than 100 countries, the Day is designed to promote safe, effective use of the Internet and mobile technology. ConnectSafely.org is hosting the official U.S. event, “Safer Internet Day 2014: Teens and Tech Leaders on Building a Better Internet,” with featured speaker U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.

Today’s half-day event will be kicked off by European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes via pre-recorded video, followed by two panel discussions, one with student leaders from across the country moderated by Yahoo! Tech columnist Dan Tynan, the other with executives from Facebook/Instagram, Google/YouTube Tumblr, Twitter and Xbox Live, moderated by high school student Aidan McDaniel of Berkeley Springs, W. Va. The entire event can be viewed live or later via livestream on the Facebook Safety page and on SaferInternetDay.us.

“Safer Internet Day 2014: Teens and Tech Leaders on Building a Better Internet” will be held today on Capitol Hill at the headquarters of the National Cable & Telecommunications Building at 25 Massachusetts Ave. NW in Washington, D.C. from 9 a.m. to noon EST.

Safer Internet Day gained official recognition in the U.S. in late 2012, when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security signed a joint agreement with the European Commission to work together on making the Internet better for youth.

“ConnectSafely.org is honored by the support we’ve received from the European Commission, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and all of our partners,” said Larry Magid, co-director of ConnectSafely.org and co-chair of the U.S. Safer Internet Day Committee. “With the help of Senator Schumer and our partners, we aim to make this Safer Internet Day the most positive, powerful one yet by reaching classrooms and communities with accurate information on how youth and adults are using the Internet mostly as a force for good,” said ConnectSafely.org’s other co-director Anne Collier.

Safer Internet Day U.S. is made possible by nonprofit partners and financial support from Microsoft Corp., Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Sprint, Symantec, Trend Micro and Twitter.

About ConnectSafely.org

ConnectSafely is a non-profit organization offering research-based resources about digital wellbeing and literacy for parents, teens, educators, advocates and policymakers. Find us at ConnectSafely.org, Twitter.com/ConnectSafely and Facebook.com/ConnectSafely.

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