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 (BIK) agenda, the European Commission (EC), Safer Internet Centres (SICs) 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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Youth panel unravels the mysteries of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

The Youth Panel was a dynamic and engaging discussion platform during the Safer Internet Day (SID) event in Viseu, Portugal. It brought together young people and encouraged them to explore their concerns and perspectives regarding artificial intelligence (AI). Young person João Brás shares his reflections on the day.

Global Day of Parents 2024

Today, Saturday, 1 June 2024, people are coming together to celebrate the Global Day of Parents, a day dedicated to highlighting the importance of parents in nurturing and protecting children. Proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, this day aims to honour parenthood globally and raise awareness of the essential role of families in our societies.

Sharenting: tips for parents and caregivers

In the era of social media, sharenting has become a prevalent practice among parents. Involves the sharing of their child's photos, videos, and milestones online. While the impulse to document and share these precious moments with friends and family is understandable, it is crucial to recognise the long-term implications of this digital footprint on a child's privacy and security. 

Embracing JOMO: finding joy in offline experiences 

In today's hyperconnected world, where the internet has become an integral part of daily life, a new phenomenon has emerged: FOMO, or the Fear Of Missing Out. This pervasive fear drives individuals to constantly seek validation and connection online, often at the expense of their mental well-being and offline experiences. However, amidst the relentless pursuit of virtual validation, there lies a growing movement known as JOMO, or the Joy Of Missing Out. Explore the dynamics of FOMO and JOMO, their impact on mental health and productivity, and strategies for cultivating a healthier relationship with technology to promote overall well-being in the digital age. 

International Day of Families: celebrating families and addressing climate change

Today, the world comes together to celebrate the International Day of Families. The day is an initiative from the United Nations (UN) that highlights the importance of families and promotes awareness of issues related to them globally. This year, the theme, "Families and Climate Change," focuses on the crucial role families play in climate change and promotes sustainable practices. 

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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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