This year’s Safer Internet is virtual and all week

In 2004, the EU SafeBorders project and the European Commission established Safer Internet Day to focus on how to stay safe and secure online. Since then it has expanded to nearly 200 countries and territories, including the United States, where it has been hosted by my non-profit, ConnectSafely, since 2014.

Larry Magid (Gary Reyes / Mercury News)

Most years, we host an in-person event on the second Tuesday of February. This year that’s February 8th. In 2020, it was at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View and attended by a few hundred Bay Area middle and high school students. But the pandemic has forced us to move it online and, this year, we’ve expanded it to Safer Internet Week, with programs aimed at schools and families, including a live event on Sunday evening February 6 at 7:00 p.m. at


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