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Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe each February to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile internet, especially amongst children and young people across the world. Each year hundreds of events are organised to raise awareness about online safety issues.
Over the years, Safer Internet Day has become a landmark event in the online safety calendar. Taken up by the Insafe network as one of its earliest actions in 2005, Safer Internet Day has grown beyond its traditional geographic zone. In 2009, the concept of Safer Internet Day Committees was introduced, to strengthen the bonds with countries outside the network and invest in a harmonised promotion of the campaign across the world. There are currently 41 committees and 34 organisations working closely with the Insafe coordination team, which is based at the heart of the European Union in Brussels.

Are you ready for Safer Internet Day?
Tuesday 5th February 2013
This year’s theme is…
Online Rights and Responsibilities
Connect with, respect
What does it mean?
Safer Internet Day 2013 will take place on Tuesday 5 February 2013 and will be the tenth anniversary of the event. This year’s theme encourages students to consider what their online rights are. Do we have a right to access all information? Do we have a right to control our privacy? Also pupils will reflect on their online responsibilities, considering how the way they act online can affect their own and other people’s online experiences.

What is my online reputation?
Your online reputation is the perception, estimation and opinion that is formed when you are encountered online. This could be when someone visits your social networking profile, but could also be when anyone reads a comment you posted on another profile. It could also be when someone sees your online photo albums or an image with you in it, indeed any instance or reference of you that either you posted or someone else did - what your digital footprint says about you.
Your online reputation will be formed through:
Posts by you
Posts by others but about you or linked to you
Posts by others pretending to be you
Who does it affect?
Everyone! Obviously it applies to those who post online, however as other people could be posting information about you, you don't even have to have been on the internet before to have an online reputation! Rory Cellan-Jones commented on a survey conducted by AVG which concluded that 23% of unborn children already have a digital footprint.
Why is online reputation important?
Many businesses and celebrities value their online identity and reputation and go to extraordinary lengths to protect it, in many cases taking legal action. This clip produced by the BBC in collaboration with Garlik, outlines the types of information available online and how it can be pieced together. Your reputation should be important to you as it is a tool that others could and will use to make decisions about you. Clearly this could have a dramatic effect on your personal and professional lives, especially if your digital footprint is poor. Would you like a potential partner or employer to decide whether to see you or not purely based on your digital footprint? Media headlines regularly appear. What does your profile picture or avatar say about you?
How is your online reputation different?
Remember that the internet never forgets - when you post something online it will always be there. 

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