Safer Internet Day 2021Safer Internet Day on 09.02.2021

Together for a better Internet / Safer Internet Network DE: Information, Advice, Reporting

Berlin/Cologne/Ludwigshafen/Mainz/Wuppertal, February 09, 2021 | Safer Internet Day, the international day of action for more security on the Internet, is back on February 09, 2021. Numerous events and activities, both online and offline, will once again focus on the opportunities and risks in today's digitized world - and on the question of how we can make tomorrow's Internet a little bit better.

Verbund Safer Internet DE: Six partners, one goal

Together for a better Internet - the international motto of Safer Internet Day 2021 also describes the goal of the cooperation of the six partners in the Safer Internet DE network( On the occasion of the action day, the partners provide information about their support services in the areas of INFORMATION - ADVISORY - REPORTING: the media competence initiative klicksafe provides important information on the possibilities and dangers of Internet use, the Nummer gegen Kummer supports children, young people and parents seeking advice on the phone or online with advice on "web worries" and the hotlines of and the (jointly implemented by eco - Verband der Internetwirtschaft e.V. and FSM - Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Multimedia-Diensteanbieter e.V.) offer users the opportunity toreport problematic online content - also anonymously - to . "For us in the association, every day is Safer Internet Day," the partners agree, "because our offerings provide important tools for using digital opportunities as carefree as possible as well as for dealing competently with dangers in today's digital world."

Participation encouraged

Traditionally, klicksafe initiates and coordinates the activities for Safer Internet Day (SID) in Germany and this year's focus is on the topic "Opinion formation between fact and fake". On Safer Internet Day, all interested parties are cordially invited to follow the diverse information online, for example, under the hashtags #SaferInternetDay, #SID2021, #WerMachtMeineMeinung or #FaktenSchützen , to like and share posts, or even to create their own posts and thus help to raise awareness for topics related to a better Internet.


For children, young people as well as for parents, teachers and all other interested parties, klicksafe experts have developed a wide range of brochures, videos and checklists on opinion forming and false news on the Internet, including the new klicksafe handbook "Ethik macht klick. Meinungsbildung in der digitalen Welt," the new brochure "Vertraust du noch oder checkst du schon?" on false news and conspiracy ideologies, and the interactive game for young people "Im Bunker der Lügen." To raise awareness about misinformation on the Internet, klicksafe is also launching the campaign

All new materials and offers will be available for download at from February 9.


The eco complaints office and the Cologne police are organizing a online workshop on 09.02. from 13:00 to 15:00 under the title: "Fake and the possible consequences of a mistake - safe social networking instead of going online to the wrong people".

Registration for the event, which will focus on "forming political opinions" and "sexualized violence against minors", is possibleonline until the start of the event .


For Safer Internet Day, the FSM explains in a  video how to report illegal online content to the FSM complaints office. In order to reach the widest possible audience and motivate many people to report to the complaints office, the video is offered with subtitles and in sign language. The video is available at and on Facebook and YouTube.

FSM Managing Director Martin Drechsler will present the FSM's commitment to strengthening media literacy at a high-level digital conference on the topic of "Digital Platforms and Society - How Can We Promote Social Participation in Digital Progress and Debate Culture on the Net?" hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection and the digital association Bitkom.

As part of the media literacy project weitklick , the FSM is also hosting an
online panel discussion: In a livestream on YouTube, a school principal, a journalist, a YouTube professional, a media educator and a student will discuss the topic "Whom can I trust? - Media and news literacy in a digital world".

To coincide with this year's Safer Internet Day, publishes an info article dealing with basic questions on the topic of "fake news" as well as recommendations on children's sites dealing with the topic via the online service .

Nummer gegen Kummer

The number against sorrow offers a topic Chat with the focus "stress in the net" on 10.02.: Children and young people seeking advice can chat anonymously and free of charge with the advisors of the Nummer gegen Kummer about their web worries in a live chat (2-6 p.m.) at .

An overview of other projects, activities and opportunities to participate can be found on the campaign page for SID 2021 .

SID international: and

About Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day (SID) is a global day of action for more online safety and a better Internet for children and young people. Since 2004, it has always taken place on the Tuesday of the second week in February and each year sets a new thematic focus as part of the international motto "Together for a better internet". In Germany, Safer Internet Day is coordinated by the EU initiative klicksafe.


klicksafe promotes people's online competence and supports competent and critical use of the Internet through a wide range of offers. The EU initiative is politically and economically independent and is implemented in Germany by the media institutions in Rhineland-Palatinate (coordinator) and in North Rhine-Westphalia. On the website, users can find a wide range of up-to-date information, practical tips and teaching materials on digital services and topics. The target groups are teachers, educators, parents, children, young people and multipliers. klicksafe is the national, German awareness center and is funded by the CEF Telecom program of the European Union. Since 2008, klicksafe has also coordinated the Safer Internet Centre DE.

Contact: Landesanstalt für Medien NRW, Dilek Atalay, Tel.: 0211 77 007 190, dilek.atalay⁠☞ Please insert an @ here ☜⁠medienanstalt-nrw⁠☞ Please insert a dot here ☜⁠de

Media Authority Rhineland-Palatinate, Deborah Woldemichael, Tel.: 0621 52 02 271, woldemichael⁠☞ Please insert an @ here ☜⁠medienanstalt-rlp⁠☞ Please insert a dot here ☜⁠de


With over 1,100 member companies, eco is the largest association of the Internet industry in Europe. Since 1995, we have played a key role in shaping the development of the Internet in Germany, promoting new technologies, infrastructures and markets, and shaping framework conditions. The protection of minors has been an important topic for eco since 1996. At that time, the Internet Content Task Force (ICTF) was founded with the aim of preventing the dissemination of illegal content and content harmful to minors on the Internet. This evolved into the eco complaints office, which has been operated by eco for around 20 years. Since 2004, the complaints office has also been accessible via the web portal , which is operated jointly with the Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Multimedia (FSM) and has also been part of the German Safer Internet Centre since 2008.

Contact: eco Verband der Internetwirtschaft e.V.,; Laura Treskatis; Tel.: +49 (0) 30 - 2021567 - 23, laura.treskatis⁠☞ Please insert an @ here ☜⁠eco⁠☞ Please insert a dot here ☜⁠de


The Voluntary Self-Regulation of Multimedia Service Providers (FSM e.V.) is a recognized self-regulatory body for the telemedia sector. The association is significantly involved in the protection of minors in the media - in particular the fight against illegal content in online media that is harmful to minors and their development. To this end, the FSM operates a complaints office that anyone can contact free of charge to report online content that is harmful to minors. The FSM's other tasks include extensive educational work and the promotion of media skills among children, young people and adults.

Contact FSM e.V.,, Wiebke Klecar, Beuthstr. 6, 10117 Berlin; Tel.: 030 24 04 84 - 43, klecar⁠☞ Please insert an @ here ☜⁠fsm⁠☞ Please insert a dot here ☜⁠de,@FSM_de

As a joint competence center of the German federal and state governments for the protection of minors on the Internet, researches dangers and risks in youth-related services. The center urges providers and operators to design their offerings in such a way that children and young people can use them without worry. Via its hotline, it receives tips about violations of youth media protection­and ensures that these are quickly eliminated. The work focuses on risky contacts, self-endangerment, political extremism and sexual exploitation of children.

Contact,, Bahnhofstr. 8a, 55116 Mainz, presse⁠☞ Please insert an @ here ☜⁠jugendschutz⁠☞ Please insert a dot here ☜⁠net, Tel.: 06131 328520

Number against sorrow

As helpline in the Safer Internet DE network, the counseling services of the "Nummer gegen Kummer" offer support for children and young people as well as parents and other educators on all questions and (online) concerns. Anonymous, confidential and free of charge. Children's and young people's hotline at 116111 (Mon. - Sat. from 2 to 8 p.m., Saturdays "Young people advise young people"). Online counseling for children and adolescents in the password-protected online portal at (live chat Wed&Thu 2-6 p.m., email counseling available around the clock). Parents telephone under Tel. 0800 - 111 0 550 (Mo - Fr of 9 - 17 o'clock as well as Di&Do to 19 o'clock).

Contact Nummer gegen Kummer e.V.,, presse⁠☞ Please insert an @ here ☜⁠nummergegenkummer⁠☞ Please insert a dot here ☜⁠de, Tel.: 0202 259 059-23

This press release is jointly issued by Safer Internet DE.

Safer Internet DE( is the association of German partners in the CEF Telecom Program of the European Union. In addition to the Awareness Centre klicksafe (jointly implemented by the Media Authority Rhineland-Palatinate and the Media Authority North Rhine-Westphalia), the Internet hotlines (run by eco and FSM) and as well as Nummer gegen Kummer (helpline) belong to this network.