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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Safer Internet Day 2021 in Belgium: act together for a better internet

Safer Internet Day, the worldwide day for a better internet, was back for its 18th edition. Turning the internet into a fun, fulfilling and safe space is more than ever a priority during this public health crisis, where children massively use screens for social contacts. An intergenerational dialogue is even more essential, as more than 60 per cent of children use the internet for more than four hours a day in Belgium. How can we facilitate this dialogue and promote a responsible and creative use of social media?

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#MeToo movement in Greece inspires youth panel to influence their peers to #Speak

Following the emergence and the successful spread of the #MeToo movement in Greece, the Greek Youth Panel was inspired to create a similar campaign targeted to Greek adults, children and youth. The #Speak (#Mila) campaign’s purpose is to raise awareness on sexual harassment and cyberbullying, and to encourage both victims and witnesses to speak up and break the silence on those issues.

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CyberSquad: Never alone, together and stronger online!

CyberSquad is a citizen movement that marks the beginning of an era showing solidarity and positivity for children and youth online. With the support of MolenGeek, Google and Test Achats, Belgian Safer Internet Centre Child Focus launched the web platform CyberSquad, aimed at and elaborated with teenagers. The goal is to offer a space to share and exchange, where they can find answers and some help related to their online concerns.

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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.