Today is international Safer Internet Day, an annual event dedicated to promoting responsible use of the Internet and mobile technology, particularly among children and youth.

For the eighth straight year, Microsoft is supporting this day through a global campaign championing a healthy Internet for all and will be hosting events across the U.S to promote this initiative. Organized by Insafe and co-founded by the European Union, Safer Internet Day encourages more responsible use of online technologies and devices. This year's theme, "Our Virtual Lives," and slogan, "It's more than a game; it's your life," helps organizations highlight online safety messages and drive local activities.

On February 15, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel will host Safer Internet Day in Los Angeles. Approximately 200 children and parents from the Boys and Girls Club of Los Angeles are being invited to the event to learn about safety in online gaming, parental controls and guidance when using the Internet. Local government and celebrity spokespeople also will be in attendance to spread the message.

Microsoft hopes that the Safer Internet Day events around the country will help to raise awareness and provide guidance to parents and children.

Parents can learn more through such online resources as the Microsoft Safety & Security Center, which provides age-based guidance for Internet use; the European Commission Safer Internet Programme; and IKeepSafe, a coalition working with the community for the health and safety of youth online.

Share the message of online safety with your own family, and be sure to check back here for a recap of the Safer Internet Day event.