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Queen Letizia marks Safer Internet Day


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More than 100 countries joined together on February 11 to learn how to make the internet a safer place and in Spain Queen Letizia did her part to mark Safer Internet Day 2020 at an event in Madrid.

The Spanish consort visited the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía for the Safer Internet Day event organized by the Secretary of State for Digital Advance, in collaboration with the National Cybersecurity Institute (INCIBE).

With the slogan “A better Internet begins with you: together we learn cybersecurity,” the day was aimed at promoting safe and positive usage of digital technologies, especially among children and young people. More than 200 students participated in the day, with prizes awarded in various categories, including the “Lights, camera … and record your cybersecurity ad!” competition.

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Queen Letizia attended a presentation on education in ethical digital citizenship by educational and health psychologist José Antonio Luengo then toured the exhibition area to learn more about various services and initiatives available to help young people use the internet safely.

She also had the chance to chat with students, parents, and educators attending the event and hear their concerns about issues such as cyberbullying.

During the event, INCIBE presented a new cybersecurity telephone number called 017. This free and confidential call service gives young people, parents, educators, and businesses the ability to call and get questions about internet safety, cyberbullying, screen time, privacy, data protection, and other issues related to the web. The 017 service is available in Spain 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Safer Internet Day is an annual event celebrated in the second week of February and it was created to bring people around the world together to make positive changes and raise awareness about internet security.

“This day is not only intended to create a safer internet, but a better internet, to turn it into a space where we all make use of technology in a responsible, respectful, critical and creative way,” Casa Real said in a press release.



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