Romanian Safer Internet Centre

Awareness centre


Ora de Net project promotes internet safety among Romanian children, parents, teachers and specialists by offering informative sessions, trainings, by improving educational methods used in schools, but also by proposing public policies and better legislation in this field.  The project also aims to combat illegal or harmful content and internet-related offences (child sexual abuse material (CSAM), grooming), to encourage the responsible use of the internet and new communication technologies by children, parents and teachers, to influence decision making by bringing together key stakeholders in formulating and implementing realistic policies.

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.ctrl_AJUTOR is a counselling line where children, teenagers and parents can call and get help or advice when faced with a difficult situation online .ctrl_AJUTOR has been active since 2009 and can be reached in the following ways:


esc_ABUZ ( is a reporting service, a civil point of contact which provides its users with the opportunity to inform competent authorities, while keeping their anonymity, about child sexual abuse images they might encounter online. The Hotline, esc_ABUZ, is a component of the Safer Internet Project that was taken over by Save the Children in 2015, from its consortium partner FOCUS – Centre for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children. In October 2015, the Romanian Hotline also became a member of the international network INHOPE that brings together similar reporting lines from 48 countries with the aim of combatting network abusers, traffickers of minors and producers of child pornography. 
Since January 2015, over 1,220 reports have been processed. Of these, 471 were images and video files containing child sexual abuse images, which were submitted for analysis to the specialised structure of General Inspectorate of Romanian Police.
Besides CSAM (material showing sexual abuse of children), three reports referring to content inciting hatred and discrimination were processed also. Out of all CSAM reports, over half shows photographs, collages of photographs or snapshots from filming, while the rest refer to video files or websites that contain many types of materials.
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Youth participation

We have 14 Safer Internet Volunteering Centres (SIVCs) in different cities from Romania, coordinated by one local coordinator teacher or student. All the SIVCs were developed at the initiative of a group of youngsters which found out about the programme and the opportunity to educate their community concerning internet safety. 
The youth panel has now almost 950 members, mainly youngsters. The main activities held by volunteers have the purpose of raising awareness concerning internet safety issues mainly in schools. We also created a Volunteering Toolkit which is used by the volunteers in their educational activities. The toolkit contains non-formal education methods for schools and kindergartens and also specific methods on how parents, children and teachers can be approached in the activities. 
The volunteers are also involved in activities such as public events and campaigns, organising events in specific periods celebrating Safer Internet Day (SID), Europe Day, the national programme, International volunteering week, and so on. The SIVC developed partnerships with local authorities, schools, parents associations, others NGOs and media for an increased impact of their activities at local level.
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Key successes

Since 2008 when it was first launched, the Safer Internet Programme has achieved a number of relevant and important results:
  • 250,000 children and 53,000 adults (parents and teachers) were informed or trained;
  • 3,500 children, parents and teachers benefitted from counselling and advice related to internet safety issues;
  • The first guide related to online safety in Romania was developed and launched alongside the Ministry of Education;
  • Volunteering Programme was awarded best project of the year in 2013;
  • Over 2,000 students and 7,000 teachers have used the online safety resources put at their disposal in order to organise activities;
  • Seven local and European summer schools with more than 200 children participants from Romania and other 11 countries were organised in order to educate young internet safety ambassadors;
  • The first online reporting platform for volunteering was developed;
  • Vulnerable groups such as children with hearing or vision impairment and institutionalised children were involved in our activities.

Key partners/supporters

  • Ministry of Education and Scientific Research
  • Ministry of Communication and Informational Society 
  • National Authority for Regulation in Communication Services
  • National Authority for Children's Rights Protection and Adoption
  • General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police 
  • National Agency for Combating Child Trafficking
  • Institute For Sociology of the Romanian Academy
  • National Council for Combating Discrimination
  • Bucharest Center for Resources and Educational Assistance
  • Prevention Institute of the Romanian Police
Private organisations:
  • UPC
  • Telekom
  • Orange
  • Google
  • Kaspersky
  • Bitdefender
  • ECDL
  • Microsoft
  • Internet Service Providers' Association

Location: Bucharest, Romania Email address: Phone: +40 21 224 24 52 Fax: +40 21 224 24 54 Website: