Safer Internet Day 2023, organised by INCIBE, breaks the participation record with more than 84,000 attendees
The practical workshops and school routes were attended by more than 4,050 classrooms in educational centres.
The Spanish National Cybersecurity Institute (INCIBE), a body attached to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, through the Secretary of State for Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence, has concluded Safer Internet Day 2023 with record participation, with more than 84,000 attendees from educational centres, families and the senior population, compared to 32,000 last year.
This year, under the slogan 'United for a better Internet', the SID celebrated its 20th anniversary by encouraging children, young people and their families and friends to use digital technologies safely and positively, promoting their skills in this area and motivating them to be respectful, critical and creative, in line with European digital principles.
Thus, INCIBE has organised numerous activities, such as practical workshops and school routes that have been attended by more than 4,050 classrooms in educational centres and more than 82,000 students. The interactive online workshops have been organised in collaboration with the National Institute for Educational Technologies and Teacher Training (INTEF), attached to the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, with the aim of helping students to develop their digital skills in order to learn how to use the Internet safely and responsibly.
Furthermore, INCIBE and the University of León signed a collaboration agreement on the 7th to promote the culture of cybersecurity through CyberCamp-Unileón. This initiative facilitates the organisation of different events and activities in Spain, within the framework the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, financed by the European Union (Next Generation). Six face-to-face workshops were held for senior citizens with the aim of increasing their computer skills and teaching them how to protect themselves when browsing the Internet.
On the 7th, the awards ceremony was also held for the 'What is 017 for you?' competition, in which more than 200 classrooms from educational centres took part. The aim of the competition was to inform Spanish schools and their students about 'Your Aid in Cybersecurity', the national, free and confidential service that INCIBE offers Internet and technology users to help them solve any digital security problems that may arise in their day-to-day lives.
In addition, a programme of activities has been organised to promote the safe and positive use of technology, in a fun and family-friendly way, with school routes with different games to test the skills of young and old, a cybersecurity theatre, the CyberScouts booth and an information point where parents have received guidelines and resources for parental intervention.
Moreover, INCIBE organised technical conferences to promote talent in cybersecurity and an individual CTF (Capture The Flag) with different categories of point-based challenges, in which more than 20 people tested their knowledge of cryptography, reverse engineering and web exploitation, among other things.