Phnom Penh – On Tuesday, 8th of February of 2022, at the National Institute of Education (NIE), APLE, the National Committee for Counter Trafficking (NCCT), the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS), the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications (MPTC), the Cambodia National Council for Children (CNCC) and the Cambodian Red Cross Phnom Penh Branch will join forces to celebrate the Safer Internet Day 2022 with the aim to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people, and to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively.
Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network of Safer Internet Centres in Europe, with the support of the European Commission, each February to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology, especially among children and young people. Celebrated on the second day of the second week of the second month, each year on Safer Internet Day millions of people unite to inspire positive changes online, to raise awareness of online safety issues, and participate in events and activities right across the globe. While we recognise that celebrations may continue to be online or hybrid events as a result of the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope that SID 2022 will still be a vibrant and engaging celebration.
Over the years, Safer Internet Day (SID) has become a landmark event in the online safety calendar. Starting as an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project in 2004 and taken up by the Insafe network as one of its earliest actions in 2005, Safer Internet Day has grown beyond its traditional geographic zone and is now celebrated in approximately 200 countries and territories worldwide.
In Cambodia, APLE as a member of SID committees, has celebrated this event since 2019. Over thousands of people, especially children and young people, have joined us celebrating the Safer Internet Day in the last 3 consecutive years.
This year 2022, under the support of PLAN International Cambodia, UNICEF, World Childhood Foundation, Bread for the World Foundation and Smart Axiata, SID is organised on February 8, 2022 at the National Institute of Education by and in collaboration with APLE, NCCT, MoEYS, CNCC, MPTC and the Cambodia Red Cross Phnom Penh Branch under the theme ‘Together, promote, protect and respect the rights of the child through using the internet responsibly’, bringing together over 300 people from government, schools, civil society, international organisations, and ISPs We hope this year event will mark another important step forward for the safety of children online and provide more fun, particularly for children and young people who will be present at the event. Following the main event at NIE, the Safer Internet Day will also be celebrated with 300 school children from two private high schools in Phnom Penh.
“Celebrating the Safer Internet Day signifies the continuing commitment of all parties involved in protecting children from all forms of abuse, including those committed online, and has been a huge part of changing attitude and promoting the use of internet in a responsible, critical and creative way.”, said Seila Samleang, APLE Executive Director.