Creating a safer and better internet for children and young people
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What can be done to ensure that the digital world is fit for the future? And how can we ensure that we promote, protect, respect and fulfil the rights of all children and young people when they go online? The #DigitalDecade4YOUth consultation and campaign has encouraged children and young people, and those that support them, to have their say.
This year's edition of the Safer Internet Forum (SIF), which took place online on 6-7 October 2021, explored how to make Europe's Digital Decade fit for children and young people. Find out what happened and view session recordings.
Save the date for the next edition of Safer Internet Day (SID) which will take place on Tuesday, 8 February 2022. Once again, we'll join "Together for a better internet" with supporters across the globe. In the meantime, find out what happened in your country on SID 2021, and how various organisations marked the day.
Latest news from Safer Internet Centres and beyond
The state of the digital environment children live inINHOPE/EUN Team
Today's children and young people are raised in a digital world where technology is an integral part of their lives. The presence of technology from an early age indicates they are connected online more than ever. Children and adolescents account for an estimated one in three internet users around the world. Therefore, a large portion of their everyday lives is spent online, including remote learning, online gaming, or streaming, which was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Study in Latvia finds that parents play an important role in helping children to spot fake newsLatvian Safer Internet Centre
Only every third teenager in Latvia checks information before trusting and sharing it on the internet. More than half (57 per cent) admit they haven't learned at school how to analyse information and how to make sure the information is true. Of those who have acquired this skill at school, 49 per cent say that the information and knowledge gained has not been sufficient.
The impact of media on young peopleDutch Safer Internet Centre
Parents of children aged 0 to 6 have started to think more positively about the effect of media on their child, as compared to previous years. For example, a large majority now believe that media can help their child with language development and math skills, among other things. Parents also see media as a tool to keep the child occupied when they do not have the time themselves, or as a sweetener when the child is bored. In contrast, parents are less positive about the effect of media in relation to online education. More than a quarter of parents of 5-6-year-olds indicate that their child’s performance in school has suffered as a result of online education. All this is apparent from the Iene Miene Media survey 2021 that was presented during the start of the ‘Media Ukkie’ Days (26 March to 2 April 2021).
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