On 7 February 2017, the international Safer Internet Day took place under the slogan “Be the change: unite for a better internet”. Andrea Voßhoff, the German Federal Data Protection Commissioner, called for schools to be provided with better information technology equipment and for improved privacy training for teachers.
She also expressed support for a number of initiatives such as the internet portal “YoungData” and “privacy goes to school” (“Datenschutz geht zur Schule”), an initiative proposed by the association of German data protection officers (Berufsverband der Datenschutzbeauftragten Deutschlands – BvD)
Since its inception in 2008, Safer Internet Day has taken place annually on the second day of the second week of the second month and is supported by 120 countries throughout the world. Its goal is to foster media competence and to sensitise teachers, parents and children to the risks of the internet. This year in Germany, the focus was on the risks for children and youths that arise from cyber-bullying.