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Safer Internet Day

Tuesday, February 11th is Safer Internet Day (“SID”)– an internationally recognized day that focuses on making the internet a better and safer place. This year’s theme is “Let’s create a better internet together.”

Connect Safely is the U.S. host for SID and is giving the theme real-life momentum with its campaign titled, “One Good Thing.” Through this website, Connect Safely is asking you to share stories (blogs, videos, etc.) about ways technology has been used to make the world better. It can be small acts of kindness between strangers, supportive comments to friends or building a national movement. What is your “One Good Thing?”

One of my favorite parts of my job is hearing about the wonderful and heart-warming ways that technology is being used by parents, teachers and youth. These stories often don’t get the attention they deserve, but sharing them can go a long way in inspiring others to do their own “good thing” and calming anxiety about the online environment.

There are already some great stories on the website. You can read some of the many inspirational stories about how technology helped raise money, unify people during a crisis or share information about social causes and diseases. There are uplifting stories, such as the one by Yvanka, about using technology to spread the message about healthy eating and exercise to young girls.

Some of my favorite stories, though, are the ones that demonstrate the ways technology can connect us with the elderly or sick. There is Forrest’s video about using technology to communicate with his grandmother who is hard of hearing. And this inspirational story by Don O. about being a volunteer at the Veteran’s Administration, “Some of the most exciting work we have done is to provide web cams to some of the older patients who have been stuck here for months or years and allow them to actually see and be seen by their families all over the world! It is very useful and rewarding work we are engaged in and a great pleasure to bring a little happiness to some of the long term VA patients.”

The stories go on and on and new ones are being posted all the time.

As one of Connect Safely’s partners for Safer Internet Day, iKeepSafe encourages you to help spread the good by sharing your own story – tell us One Good Thing you’ve seen or done online that made things better for someone or the world. How? Just 3 steps:

1. Think of the #OneGoodThing, big or small.

2. Using your phone or an app like Instagram, make a 15-20 sec video (selfie, a friend or a group) describing it. If you’re more comfortable sending text, that’s good too!

3. Send it via email to SID@connectsafely.org or in the form on this page, so our friends at ConnectSafely can spread it further.

I can’t wait to read them and spread the good news!

Nancy_Gifford_smNancy Gifford is the Senior Director of Law and Policy at iKeepSafe. She served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut from 1998 until 2003. During her tenure, Ms. Gifford prosecuted a wide variety of federal criminal cases, including cases about health care fraud, tax evasion and crimes against children. Ms. Gifford served as a U.S. District Court law clerk for the Hon. Janet Bond Arterton, the Hon. Alvin W. Thompson and the Hon. Christopher F. Droney. Ms. Gifford graduated cum laude from the University of New Hampshire and received her law degree cum laude from Boston University. 

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