First global ‘blogathon’ for safer internet

Safer Internet Day will take place on 7 February 2006. It involves 33 countries, including Russia, New Zealand and Argentina; 89 organisations including 17 ministries and national authorities; and over 300 national, regional and local events.

Among the host of events taking place, Insafe, the EU network for internet safety awareness, will organise a global “blogathon” on this webpage.

A wide range of organisations active in promoting internet safety and special guests will post entries on the blog through the day. Everyone is invited to post comments on the day and up to 15 February. The blog, with content in several languages, will have a geographical focus that moves west through the global time zones, from New Zealand to Argentina.

Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media, is the patron of Safer Internet Day again in 2006. She said:

“Blogs are a popular new way of communicating for young people and for all age groups, so it is appropriate that the Insafe network is using a blog on Safer Internet Day to show how using the Internet can be enjoyable, and what young people need to remember when blogging.”