Creating a safer connected world: Parents and carers

Are you a parent or carer?

Parents and carers are often in the best position to influence, support, educate and protect their children, both offline and online. Through the Better Internet for Kids agenda, the European Commission, Safer Internet Centres and other stakeholders strive to support parents and carers in this role, ensuring children and young people use the internet in a responsible, respectful, critical and creative way. Read on to discover more.

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Mum, Dad, do you have to take another photo of me? And post it online?

Holidays are a time when we can relax, far away from the stresses of everyday life. Parents and children enjoy wonderful moments together – and we naturally want to hold on to these memories. In a matter of clicks, a couple of photos are taken and – thanks to technical possibilities – are posted directly onto social networks. Not only teenagers, but also parents are doing this more and more frequently. 

SaferInternet4Kids’ Youth Panel contributes to IGF workshop on online gender-based violence

SaferInternet4Kids (the Greek Center for Safe Internet (EKAD) of FORTH) participated in the recent Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Together with Maltese and UK members of the Insafe delegation, representing the network of Safer Internet Centres in Europe, representatives hosted a workshop titled "Mind the Gender Gap OR Mend the Gender Gap". 

Challenge 2021 All Inclusive

In 2021, six projects received an incentive contribution to help realise a media literacy initiative with which they are able to increase and/or promote inclusivity. From co-creation with students to inclusive design of AI (artificial intelligence), the six initiatives each focus in their own way on inclusive design, inclusive reach or inclusive media. Read on to discover more. 

Smart toys under the Christmas tree?

If you glanced through toy catalogues in the run-up to Christmas, you undoubtedly came across some ‘smart toys’; that is, toys that are connected to the internet. BEE SECURE, the Luxembourgish Safer Internet Centre, reveals the pitfalls of these devices and what to look out for when buying and selling them. 

“klicksafe fragt…”, a new podcast by the German Awareness Centre, klicksafe

klicksafe, the awareness-raising node of the German Safer Internet Centre, presents the new podcast series “klicksafe fragt…” (klicksafe asks…). In it, complex topics relating to the online safety of children and young people are discussed in detail. Are social networks a good idea for children and youth? Is the gaming community harmful? What approach should parents and carers take on the topic of sexting? In the podcasts, klicksafe invites experts and professionals to discuss these and other key questions.

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Useful content for parents and carers

A good way for parents and carers to support their children in their digital lives is to stay aware of the issues and challenges of being online. Find some highlights below, or browse the site for more.

Browse our selection of guides on topical online safety issues - from cyberbullying to online reputation, and online challenges to sexting, find out what you need to know.

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Our guide to apps aims to provide key information about some of the most popular apps, social networking sites and other platforms which are commonly being used by children and young people (and adults) today.

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