Creating a safer connected world: Teachers, educators and professionals

Are you a teacher, educator or other professional working with children and young people?

Through the Better Internet for Kids agenda, the European Commission, Safer Internet Centres and other stakeholders work with teachers, educators and other professionals around Europe to enable them to equip children and young people with the digital and media literacy skills needed to use the digital environment in a responsible, respectful, critical and creative way. Read on to discover more.

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The impact of media on young people

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). 

Children need help in cyberspace

Each generation is spending more and more time behind computers, and screens are now a part of daily life. The current generation of children are using smart devices for leisure as well as for schoolwork and socialising; therefore it’s important to pay attention to the things they are doing online. Catlyn Kirna, CGI cybersecurity expert in Estonia, provides an overview of the main concerns regarding children being online, and what can be done to help them. 

Irish Safer Internet Centre raises awareness of new Coco’s Law

Webwise, the Irish Safer Internet Centre, has developed a range of new resources to raise awareness of the Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Bill (Coco’s Law) which was recently introduced in Ireland. Coco’s Law has criminalised the non-consensual distribution of intimate images. 

Interactive Conversations on Europe's Future for Seniors

As part of the “Interactive Conversations on Europe’s Future” initiative, seniors in Latvia learned about online risks and safety on the internet. From September to November 2021, events took place in 14 different cities across Latvia, organised by the European Commission Representation in Latvia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, and the Latvian Safer Internet Centre. 

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". 

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Useful content for teachers, educators and other professionals

Be aware of the issues which might be affecting the children and young people in your care with our useful guides and tools.

Inappropriate content is a term used to capture a wide - and ever-increasing - range of problematic content online. From hate speech to images of self-harm or pro-ana websites, alongside all of the amazing content online there is some which is inappropriate for different audiences, or which can be harmful.

Read the guide on inappropriate content

Sexting can pose a significant challenge for young people. Images are often shared between two people as part of a relationship; both parties are willing to do this and neither thinks that the images will ever be shared more widely. Sexting usually comes to the attention of a school when something goes wrong.

Read the guide on sexting

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