The 21st century is an age where digital technologies are evolving at an enormous pace and changing people’s lives, work, and social interactions. Digital technologies offer several opportunities for improvement, including faster access to information, a more diverse and wider communication and collaboration network, easier access to knowledge – but also new challenges and risks.
Creating a safer connected world: Teachers, educators and professionals
Are you a teacher, educator or other professional working with children and young people?
Through the Better Internet for Kids agenda, the European Commission, Safer Internet Centres and other stakeholders work with teachers, educators and other professionals around Europe to enable them to equip children and young people with the digital and media literacy skills needed to use the digital environment in a responsible, respectful, critical and creative way. Read on to discover more.
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“HTML Heroes: Welcome to the Internet” was officially launched in September 2021 by the Irish Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD. She commented: “To best equip children and young people to make the most of the internet, we need to begin from an early age. Like road safety, children need to know the basics of accessing the internet, how to use it effectively and safely, and to know what to do if something goes wrong and where to get help and assistance. It is my hope that this new programme from Webwise will help teachers and school staff build these foundations with pupils in an age-appropriate manner. Through colourful illustrations, stories and an online safety code that reinforces key safety messages, the new HTML Heroes Programme for first and second class is an excellent starting point for children”.
The annual training of Safer Internet Ambassadors (SIAs) in Latvia was dedicated to the latest trends and online risks, as well learning about new media literacy approaches. The training was organised for the fifth time since the Latvian Safer Internet Centre launched its Internet Ambassadors Programme in 2017.
This October marks once again the European Union's European Cybersecurity Month (ECSM), with the aim of promoting online security among EU citizens. The annual cybersecurity awareness campaign is coordinated by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) and the European Commission, and supported by the Member States and hundreds of partners from Europe and beyond.
A new school year has begun and the education of students in matters of online safety is once again a compelling priority.
The 2021 edition of the annual Safer Internet Forum (SIF) kicks off today, Wednesday 6 October, with a focus on Shaping a #DigitalDecade4YOUth.
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