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.
Within the European network of Safer Internet Centres, national awareness centres focus on raising awareness and understanding of safer internet issues and emerging trends. They run campaigns to empower children, young people, parents, carers and teachers with the skills, knowledge and strategies to stay safe online and take advantage of the opportunities that the internet and mobile technologies provide.
The network also works extensively with other stakeholders, such as the research community, industry and other NGOs, to extend the reach of key messages and awareness-raising actions.
On this page, you'll find a selection of articles corresponding to awareness-raising work.
To find contact details for your national awareness centre, visit your Safer Internet Centre profile page.
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".
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.
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.
Information campaign on online frauds by the Greek Safer Internet Centre and the National Cyber Security Authority
At a time when online interactions and activities have increased rapidly due to the ongoing pandemic, which has seen more and more children and young people spend an increasingly high amount of time in the digital world, new forms of fraud are constantly emerging, making online safety education for users an urgent and primary need.
The eleventh annual Youth Work Week in Estonia took place from 22-30 November 2021. This year, the campaign focused on the relationship between young people's mental health and digitalisation.
Children are using digital content and services more and more, and especially during the ongoing pandemic to stay connected with family and friends, for schoolwork and learning, but also for fun and entertainment when many other activities cannot take place. Positive online experiences through child-friendly digital offerings play a more important role than ever before.
The resource catalogue of the CZ.NIC association has recently been expanded with the publication of a new digital series of short stories, ON-LINE ZOO - Poems. This collection of playful poems was created as an extension of the book ON-LINE ZOO, originally created by the Austrian Safer Internet Centre and translated into Czech, which introduces children of pre-school and earlier school grades to the most common risks associated with the use of the internet. The original texts were turned into poems by Libor Manda, project manager of the Czech Safer Internet Centre.
Is everyone able to report child sexual abuse material (CSAM) they might encounter on the internet? The answer is no. This question often disturbs people or unbalances them, because they cannot believe that people record and distribute the sexual abuse of children. By reducing the supply of CSAM, we reduce demand, as well as access to this content. And network expansion is how we can address the many parts of the world that do not yet offer public reporting.
As 2021 – yet another year full of uncertainty – comes to an end, Better Internet for Kids recaps on the past year and reflects on the main highlights and activities of 2021, while introducing several exciting events and activities to look forward to in 2022.
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