Safer Internet Day



The Internet is a part of our everyday lives. Whether we are sharing photos with grandparents far away, researching a new project or paying bills online, the web empowers us to do the things we need and want to do. To have an active and positive digital lifestyle, we all must play a role in helping to keep the Internet a better and safer place.

Microsoft is a long-standing supporter of Safer Internet Day (SID), a global campaign that promotes a healthy Internet for everyone. Organized by Insafe, and co-founded by the European Union, SID encourages responsible use of online technologies and services. In 2014, Microsoft is once again helping to promote Internet safety education and appropriate online behavior under the SID theme, "Let's create a better Internet together." And, for the first time in its 11-year history, Insafe appointed the online safety organization ConnectSafety.org as the US host for this global campaign.

In preparation for the day, Microsoft is asking you to Do 1 Thing to stay safer online. Because creating a better Internet takes more than one specific day, you should take action regularly to safeguard your digital world.

Use and share the following ideas to help spread the word across your social communities: 

  • #Do1Thing profile picture. Leading up to Safer Internet Day, download and use the #Do1Thing icon (JPG) as your social media profile picture to encourage others to join the SID movement! Show Safer Online on Facebook or Twitter and Microsoft will make a donation to charity.
  • Find your computing safety score. On Safer Internet Day, Microsoft will release the results of its third annual global Microsoft Computing Safety Index (MCSI). This research measures how consumers are meeting the challenges of today’s digital world. Ahead of this release, you can see what your score is by taking the abbreviated MCSI survey.
  • Join our SID Twitter party. Beginning at 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time on 11 February 2014, the Microsoft @Safer_Online channel will host a #Do1Thing #SID2014 Twitter party, and everyone’s invited!
  • Plan your own safety event. Conduct an online safety event, large or small, in your office or community. Microsoft’s Digital Citizenship in Action Toolkit can help you plan, advertise and deliver your presentation and event. The Toolkit contains brochures, videos, posters, Microsoft PowerPoint templates with speaker notes and more.

Consider becoming a supporter of SID, and register your events and activities. There are many things you can do to help build a better Internet. If we all just Do 1 Thing, imagine how much safer we could all be, together.