Microsoft honors Safer Internet Day with launch of digital citizenship campaign

elenabs_safetydayFrom trolls and bullies to scammers, the internet can be a scary place full of risks for students who go online almost daily. In fact, one of every four teens has experienced bullying while online, the Cyberbullying Research Center reports.

Safer Internet Day, which was launched in 2005 by European Schoolnet and officially recognized by the U.S. in 2012, is now celebrated on Feb. 7 by 120 countries around the world. On the observance’s official international website, citizens worldwide are encouraged to “be the change: united for a better internet.”

Microsoft has heeded that call this year by releasing its first Digital Civility Index, compiled from surveys of teens and adults in 14 countries.

The research indicates that 65 percent of adults and teens have experienced some form of safety risk while online; the most frequently cited safety risk was unwanted contact, with cyberbullying and trolling coming in second.

Read more at Ed Tech Magazine.

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