Safer Internet Day 2012: “Discover the digital world together…safely!”

07 February 2012
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The Europol Cyber Crime Centre is proud to support Safer Internet Day 2012 in cooperation with the Council of Europe, the European Commission, and the Member States of the European Union.

Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe (Insafe is a European network of Awareness Centres promoting safe, responsible use of the internet and mobile devices to young people) each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world. Safer Internet Day 2012 is centered around the theme ‘Connecting generations and educating each other’. Highlighting the reach of the online world across all generations and cultures, it encourages families to work together to stay safe online. You can find more information at

Every day, Europol’s specialist teams work to protect children online and to rescue them from sexual abuse perpetrated via the Internet. We use our technical skills to crack the codes used by offenders and support international investigations, which have resulted in arrests and prosecutions of those responsible for abuse, and the safeguarding of hundreds of children worldwide.

Europol recently coordinated a major crackdown on online child sexual abuse file-sharing networks in 26 European countries. ‘Operation Icarus’ has so far helped to identify 269 suspects and arrest 112 suspects, spread across 22 involved countries. Last year, with Europol’s leading support, police arrested 184 suspected child sex offenders and safeguarded 230 children in Operation Rescue, one of the biggest investigations of its kind by law enforcement agencies across the world.

We also recognise that when it comes to Internet safety, prevention is of paramount importance. That’s why Europol is part of the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), which not only coordinates law enforcement responses to online child abuse but also promotes international awareness-raising and the online reporting of abuse before it happens. It’s why we also chair the European Financial Coalition, in which we work with industry to prevent the distribution of child abuse material. And it’s why our own experts advise Internet users on how to protect themselves online. You can download Europol’s latest information sheet, on Identity Theft, from our website.

(Insafe is a European network of Awareness Centres promoting safe, responsible use of the internet and mobile devices to young people)