Youth participation in the Better Internet for Kids agenda allows young people to express their views and exchange knowledge and experiences concerning their use of online technologies, as well as tips on how to stay safe.

They also advise on internet safety and empowerment strategy, help create innovative resources and disseminate eSafety messages to their peers.

On this page, you'll find a selection of articles corresponding to youth participation in creating a safer and better internet.

2023-09-29 media literacy/education BIK Team

Youth leading the way: the BIK Youth panel and SIF YAG are getting ready for action

In the lead-up to this year's Safer Internet Forum (SIF) 2023, the involvement of young people is taking centre stage, ensuring that the event truly reflects voices of today's digitally connected youth. Two key youth-driven groups, the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Youth Panel and the Safer Internet Forum Youth Advisory Group (SIF YAG), are working hard to shape the event. 

2023-09-28 love, relationships, sexuality (online), media literacy/education, online reputation Swedish Safer Internet Centre

Empowering the next generation: youth co-creates a seminar at a democracy festival

Youth participation was the key to success when the Swedish Safer Internet Centre (SIC) recently arranged a seminar at Almedalen Week on the isle of Gotland. High school student Huda Omar, who was also the moderator of the seminar, said it is important to give children and youth real and concrete opportunities to be involved.

2023-09-28 cyberbullying, hate speech, media literacy/education Luxembourgish Safer Internet Centre

The #NOHATEONLINE campaign continues to fight against hate speech

In order to contribute to the fight against hate speech, the BEE SECURE initiative ran the #NOHATEONLINE campaign to raise awareness during the 2022-2023 school year.

2023-09-15 media literacy/education, potentially harmful content BIK Team

International Day of Democracy 2023: Empowering the next generation

Today, 15 September 2023, we celebrate the International Day of Democracy. The day is officially recognised as a United Nations observance. It provides an opportunity to reflect on the state of democracy worldwide. This year, the focus is on "Empowering the next generation," recognising young people's pivotal role in advancing democracy.

2023-09-11 gaming, love, relationships, sexuality (online), media literacy/education, sexting BIK Team

Introducing the Back2School campaign

It’s September once again, which means it’s time for pupils to go back to school. Better Internet for Kids (BIK) wants to kick off the new school year with a campaign aimed at anyone working with children and young people to educate them to a safer, better internet experience, including teachers and educators, to support their activities and raise awareness of online safety topics in the classroom.

2023-09-08 media literacy/education BIK Team

International Literacy Day 2023

International Literacy Day, observed annually on 8 September, will be celebrated this year under the theme: "Promoting literacy for a world in transition". It will serve as an opportunity to accelerate progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on education and lifelong learning and to rethink the role of literacy in establishing inclusive, peaceful, just, and sustainable societies.

2023-08-14 advertising/commercialism, excessive use, media literacy/education BIK Team

Screen time: Balancing online activities for children over the summer

With summer in full swing, children often have more free time. As they explore the season’s wonders, we can encourage them to balance their online and offline activities, making the most of their time. While digital devices can be fascinating, we can encourage them to engage in creative activities that foster learning and interactions with others. Striving for balance will empower our children to enjoy the best of both worlds, promoting their physical and mental well-being, while making fond memories over the summer break. 

2023-08-01 excessive use, media literacy/education BIK Team

Summer tech tips: establishing healthy digital habits for families

Hello, summer! For parents, it means more time to relax, and for children, more time to play. The digital world offers many opportunities to spend time and fight the occasional boredom. Embracing a balanced approach to digital devices can significantly improve family ties and children's physical, mental and emotional development. Encouraging responsible and mindful digital habits can foster solid relationships and well-being in the family. Here are eight tips to help ensure families' healthy use of digital devices.

2023-07-30 cyberbullying, love, relationships, sexuality (online), sexting BIK Team

International Day of Friendship 2023

On 30 July 2023, we commemorate the International Day of Friendship. This Initiative was launched by the United Nation (UN) in 2011 to encourage friendship between people, countries, cultures, and individuals to create harmony between communities and inspire peace efforts.

2023-07-15 media literacy/education BIK Team

Celebrating World Youth Skills Day 2023

Today, we celebrate World Youth Skills Day 2023. Observed on 15 July each year, it serves as a global platform to emphasise the importance of equipping young people with the skills necessary to thrive in an ever-changing world. 

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