On Wednesday, 15 September 2021, we celebrate the International Day of Democracy, a United Nations observance providing an opportunity to reflect on and review the state of democracy around the world.
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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As with many activities, the year 2020 shaped and – above all –changed our Saferinternet.at Youth Panel, operated as part of the Austrian Safer Internet Centre (SIC). Instead of inviting young people to our offices and discussing current topics together face to face, we spent many hours together online.
On 1 June 2021, marked as International Child Protection Day for many countries, Latvia’s first digital obstacle trail was opened in a nature park “Tērvetes dabas parks” in partnership with the Latvian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) (Drossinternets.lv), the European Commission Representation in Latvia, JSC “Latvijas valsts meži” (Latvia’s State Forests), and the educational platform “E-klase.lv”.
Today, 8 September 2021, we celebrate International Literacy Day. This observance originates in 1966 and was declared by UNESCO. Every year, it reminds the international community of the importance of literacy for both communities and individuals, and the need to intensify global efforts towards more literate societies.
The Kanner-Jugendtelefon (in English, children and youth telephone), part of the Luxembourg Safer Internet Centre (SIC) and now available under the international number 116111, was founded in 1992. Over the years, the service has adapted its offer to meet the needs of children and young people in the country, and it has recently changed its name to reflect its evolving nature.
The annual UK Schools’ Online Safety Policy and Practice report looking at trends around online safety over the last year has been released. The report takes data from the 360 Degree Safe tool which covers schools and colleges in England, and analyses where their strengths and weaknesses lie when it comes to online safety.
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.
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.