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 (BIK) agenda, the European Commission (EC), Safer Internet Centres (SICs) 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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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. 

Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Today, 16 May 2024, we're celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)! GAAD is an awareness day focusing on digital access and inclusion for the more than one billion people alive today who live with disabilities or impairments. It is marked annually on the third Thursday of May. The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion.

Online safety education in schools 

Joining the Ora de Net Volunteer Programme opens doors to meaningful opportunities for educators across various domains, whether in formal education, alternative education settings, or non-formal methods. The programme offers a platform to engage authentically with children and young people, providing relevant educational resources to facilitate constructive interactions.  

A comprehensive guide to safe internet practices for teachers

As technology advances, so do the associated risks. Therefore, the Romanian Safer Internet Centre suggests browsing the Safer Internet Use Guide developed within their project. It covers a wide range of topics, from preventing cyberbullying and internet risks to aspects related to well-being in the virtual environment. It provides clear information, school activity plans, and discussion topics for parent meetings, helping to solidify the content.  

Are you an expert in online safety ?

In today's digital landscape, it is important for parents to equip themselves with the necessary knowledge and tools to navigate the ever-evolving digital world responsibly. To address this need, we have developed a comprehensive module tailored specifically for parents. Our module is designed to empower parents with a deeper understanding of the digital realm their children inhabit.

Safe and Healthy Online Practices awareness campaign

The Portuguese Safer Internet Centre is promoting the "Safe and Healthy Online Practices" awareness campaign to alert children and young people to the safe and healthy use of mobile devices, particularly laptops distributed by the Digital school program. These devices are valuable tools for learning, but it is essential to adopt practices that promote healthy and productive use.

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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.

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The BIK Teacher Corner is for teachers, educators and other adults who work with children and young people. It is your ‘one stop shop’ for learning and teaching about digital citizenship and online safety. You can find free information, advice and suggested resources.

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Here you can find a range of dossiers which will dive deeper into the evolving range of opportunities and risks of the online world. Deep dives provide teachers and educators with more in-depth information, advice and resources to understand specific topics/areas of risk

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What do teachers and educators need to know about the latest apps and platforms? Find out more about the services young people are using and how to access support.

Read the guide to apps

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.