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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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Teenagers and adults in 18 countries said perceptions of online civility have deteriorated one year into the global pandemic, with respondents in Poland, Philippines, Italy, Germany and Hungary reporting the sharpest net-negative sentiment, new Microsoft research shows.
On Tuesday, 9 February 2021, we celebrated the 18th edition of Safer Internet Day (SID) all across the world, including in Australia. In this article, the Australian Office of the eSafety Commissioner, in its role of Safer Internet Day Committee for Australia, shares a summary of the events that took place.
A new study on online behaviour and the challenges faced by Austrian children and youth on social networks shows a competent use and a conscious online presence.
Every year, the Austrian Safer Internet Centre collects data on social media use of Austrian children and youth. Which social networks do young people in Austria use? Which platforms are trending, and which ones have become less popular? The results are published in the Youth Internet Monitor.
During Portugal’s Presidency of the European Union, the Portuguese media regulator IGAC has officially recognised PEGI as the age rating system for video games, following the implementation of a decree that regulates the authorisation of video game distribution in Portugal.
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.
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