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 (BIK) agenda, the European Commission (EC), Safer Internet Centres (SICs) 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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Danish focus on 0–6-year-olds' use of digital media

In May 2022, the Danish awareness centre, The Media Council for Children and Young People, launched 'The First Digital Steps': a national initiative on 0–6-year-olds and digital media. The project remains relevant in the Danish context.

Analogue and digital go hand in hand

In Denmark there is a strong focus on strengthening digital literacy among children and young people. A key player in this work is SSP (School, Social Services and Police), which works in collaboration with municipalities across the country to prevent crime and create a safe analogue and digital environment for young people. The Media Council for Children and Youth and the Centre for Digital Youth Care have often used the SSP network in Denmark in the context of projects that require direct contact with young people. 

Youth Internet Monitor 2024

The Youth Internet Monitor is an initiative of Saferinternet.at and presents current data on the use of social media by young people in Austria. Which social networks are currently popular among young users in Austria? Which networks are most popular among girls? Which are the favourites with boys?

Launch of the Roadshow "ZIGZAGA na NET - Navegar a Cores" for Safer Internet Day 2024

The Safer Internet Day celebrations, which took place from 6 to 8 February in Viseu, Portugal, were marked by the launch of an innovative digital awareness resource: the colouring book "ZIGZAGA na NET - Navegar a Cores". The book was developed with the aim of promoting children's digital literacy and is based on "ZigZaga na Net. Novas aventuras", in turn inspired by the stories of the second season of the ZigZaga podcast.

Romanian Safer Internet Centre hotline

The digital world offers children worldwide access to a wealth of educational and entertaining resources. However, alongside these benefits come inherent risks to their safety and well-being. Much of the content on the internet is user-generated and often anonymous, creating a real possibility that certain websites or applications may contain harmful or inappropriate material for young users. 

Ensuring digital well-being for adolescents

In today's rapidly advancing digital age, discussions surrounding digital well-being have become increasingly important, especially when considering its impact on adolescents and young people who are considered digital natives. The concept of digital well-being revolves around understanding and promoting positive mental health outcomes in the context of digital technologies and services that are commonly used by individuals of all ages.  

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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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Want to find out more about Safer Internet Centre (SIC) services and resources in your country?

Check out your SIC profile page to connect with national resources and sources of support, providing awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services.