Connecting With Respect: What Internet Stakeholders Can Learn From Safer Internet Day

Tomorrow, February 5, is the tenth annual ‘Safer Internet Day’ (SID) sponsored by the Insafe Network. This year’s theme is Connect With Respect; teachers can download kits from the SID website, while parents and students can access a range of informative and often entertaining video clips on the subject of Internet safety via the website as well.  The list of companies that support SID include AT&T and LEGO and many countries, from Austria to Venezuela, have formed SID committees. 

As the President of CADNA, I applaud the Insafe Network for sponsoring and promoting Internet safety globally; as a father, I want to thank the teachers, volunteers, and organizations that participate in SID in the interest of improving online safety for children around the world. 

Tomorrow, as school children in more than 90 countries across six of the world’s seven continents learn about safety on the Internet, two House subcommittees – the House subcommittee on Communications and Technology and the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade – will hold a joint hearing to review efforts to regulate the Internet. CADNA will closely follow and report on the joint hearing, looking for evidence that our lawmakers are supporting the community’s need for the Internet to thrive as a place where people around the globe can connect with respect. 


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