Growing interest for Safer Internet Week campaign highlights the increasing need for knowledge about online threats and most important rules of save behaviour in the digital space. According to the participants of the campaign, safe behavior on the internet is important for everyone – from kindergarteners to seniors.
So there was no surprise that in February of 2021 the number of campaign participants was even higher than in previous years, even though most of the events took place online due to pandemic. The Safer Internet Week activities organized by the Association "Langas į ateitį" in cooperation with the project "Connected Lithuania" attracted more than 35 thousand participants.
National Safer Internet Quiz
391 teams from all over the country participated in the National Safer Internet Quiz, which was organized for the first time in Lithuania. Students of grades 4-6, together with teams and their adult leaders (teachers, librarians or other) spent four days solving questions, discussing and evaluating peers' various experiences related to online gaming, sharing information and photos online, harmful content online and communicating with online friends. The ten best performing teams were awarded with drones.
The main focus of the campaign was educational lessons, in which children got acquainted with the Lithuanian safer internet character friendly bear itself and his guests – online safety experts and children who willingly shared their successes and failures in the digital environment. During Safer Internet Week, educational lessons were reviewed by more than 27,000 participants.
A smart library as a space for creativity and growth
Despite the completely different format of the campaign, the virtual educational event for librarians "Smart Library – a space to create and grow" has become extremely successful. Nearly 2,000 librarians from all over the country watched the live broadcast of the event. "We could hardly have offered such an event for everyone to participate in a non-remote format. Excellent feedback after the event and words of thanks from the participants allow us to appreciate that librarians are interested in meetings with experts, getting acquainted with various technological innovations and other important issues” – says Deimantė Ežerskytė, representative of Association „Langas į ateitį“.
Insights to the future of Safer Internet Day and Safer Internet week campaigns
Although the project "Connected Lithuania" is coming to its end and says goodbye to the Safer Internet Week campaign, the entire project team hopes that the activities and initiatives created will continue. "Every year, the interest for Safer Internet Week is growing, and the issues that we are talking about are important, therefore I have no doubt that this very important initiative will continue in Lithuanian libraries. And don't forget that every year on the second Tuesday of the second month Safer Internet Day is announced” – says Rita Šukytė, the coordinator of the Safer Internet Week activities of the association“ Langas į ateitį ”.
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