The 2021 edition of the annual Safer Internet Forum (SIF) kicks off today, Wednesday 6 October, with a focus on Shaping a #DigitalDecade4YOUth.
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.
BEE SECURE, in the framework of the Luxembourgish Safer Internet Centre, has published new educational material on cyberbullying for young people aged 12 and over with intellectual disabilities.
Towards more systematic media literacy, ICT and programming competence: The New Literacies development programme in Finland
Several studies have demonstrated that there are great differences among children and young people in terms of their digital skills. The objective of the ongoing New Literacies development programme in Finland is to strengthen the media literacy, information and communication technology (ICT) and programming competence of children and young people in early childhood education and care (ECEC), pre-primary and basic education. Saara Salomaa, Senior Adviser at the National Audiovisual Institute (KAVI), provides an overview of its aims.
According to the most common definition, a Capture-The-Flag (CTF) is a “competitive computer security event where participants compete in security-themed challenges for the purpose of obtaining the highest score”. The name originates from the outdoor game in which participants seek to find and retrieve a physical flag. This type of competition is becoming an increasingly popular event, with the number growing consistently every year.
There are many discussions about the importance of media education for children and young people. In general - and understandably - the role of schools in teaching media competences is highlighted first and foremost. From this perspective, it is a bit surprising how little comprehensive information is available on how media education is implemented in practice. Saara Salomaa, Senior Adviser at the National Audiovisual Institute (KAVI), provides an overview of its implementation in the Finnish education system.
The Danish Safer Internet Centre continues to use youth involvement as a tool for national awareness raising. Read about how the Danish Youth Panel encouraged adults to engage in young people’s digital lives.
Save the Children Finland’s new report on online grooming for sexual purposes is now available in English. The report, “Grooming in the eyes of a child – a report on the experiences of 11−17-year-old children on online grooming”, is based on answers from 1,762 children, gathered in February and March 2021.
The pandemic has brought new challenges to the education system. Schools have had to quickly adapt to working online, teachers and parents have had to cope with many technology-related challenges, and children are spending more time online. On the other hand, distance learning has provided an opportunity for non-formal education providers to reach schools more easily, including those in more remote locations.
A recently-concluded awareness campaign, conducted by BEE SECURE in the framework of the Luxembourgish Safer Internet Centre, dealt with the topic of self-presentation on the internet. The question “bass de sécher?!” (“are you sure?!” in English) aimed to highlight the importance – before publishing a photo of oneself or any another person – to assess all the possible consequences that publishing that content might have.
How to make Europe’s Digital Decade fit for children and young people? A report from the consultation with children and young people
The European Commission aspires to put children’s participation at the heart of EU policies and initiatives while ensuring that children in vulnerable situations also have their voices heard.
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