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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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. 

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". 

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). 

How to talk to children and young people about wars

It is a natural instinct for parents and carers to want to protect their children from dreadful and unpleasant events, but it is instead crucial for parents to be willing and able to talk to children about wars and other emergency situations, in a child-appropriate way. The Greek Safer Internet Centre has developed a resource to assist parents, carers and educators in navigating this difficult topic with young people. 

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Useful content for teachers, educators and other professionals

Be aware of the issues which might be affecting the children and young people in your care with our useful guides and tools.

Inappropriate content is a term used to capture a wide - and ever-increasing - range of problematic content online. From hate speech to images of self-harm or pro-ana websites, alongside all of the amazing content online there is some which is inappropriate for different audiences, or which can be harmful.

Read the guide on inappropriate content

Sexting can pose a significant challenge for young people. Images are often shared between two people as part of a relationship; both parties are willing to do this and neither thinks that the images will ever be shared more widely. Sexting usually comes to the attention of a school when something goes wrong.

Read the guide on sexting

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.