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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Celebrating International Youth Day 2022

Today marks International Youth Day 2022. Every year on 12 August, the day is celebrated all around the globe. The day was initiated by the United Nations (UN) in 1998, to bring youth issues to the attention of the international community as half of the people on our planet are 30 or younger, and this is expected to reach 57% by the end of 2030. 

The second webinar of the SIC+ programme on the role of parents and awareness raising activities that address parents

In the beginning of July, the second webinar of the SIC+ programme took place with a focus on the role of parents and awareness raising activities that address parents. Three organisations shared their knowledge and resources on this topic: COFACE Families Europe, Child Focus and Mediawijs. This article presents the key takeaways of this webinar, including links to relevant resources on the topic of the role of parents and awareness raising activities for online safety. 

Happy International Day of Friendship 2022

Today marks the International Day of Friendship, celebrated every year on 30 July. The day was initiated by the United Nations (UN) in 2011 to promote "friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals" as a way to "inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities". 

"Webetic" and "Veilig Online" to be reproduced in Europe

Many parents don’t know how to talk to their children about all things happening online. That is why Child Focus provides media education for parents to teach them about what young people are doing and how to deal with it.  

The 16th edition of the international conference “Keeping children and young people safe online” is taking place next September

The largest conference in Poland on online threats and safety will take place on 27-30 September 2022. Experts from all over Europe will gather to discuss a broad spectrum of issues related to the safety of children and young people on the internet. This year's conference programme will include, among other topics, excessive internet use and online-offline balance in the post-pandemic era, risky behaviour of youth, cyberbullying and hate speech online.

Celebrating World Youth Skills Day 2022

Today marks the World Youth Skills Day 2022. Every year on 15 July, the day is celebrated around the world to promote the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work, and entrepreneurship. The day has been founded by the United Nations (UN). 

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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.