CyberSquad is an online meeting place for and by young people. About 1,000 young people visit the platform every month for questions and issues around online safety, such as online sexuality and relationships, grooming, non-consensual sexting, sextortion or cyberbullying. No subject is taboo. Young people can share their personal experiences and ask advice from other young people, or help other young people themselves. In case of need, they can also chat directly with a professional counsellor from Child Focus. Two years after the launch of the platform, the organisation wants to make the site more widely known to all young people between 12 and 17.
Creating a safer connected world: Organisations and industry
Organisations and industry
Organisations and industry partners are key stakeholders in the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) agenda, working with the European Commission (EC), Safer Internet Centres (SICs) across Europe, and other stakeholders to ensure that products and services are safer by design, and that appropriate measures and responses can be given to any issues identified. Read on to discover more.
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Today, 15 September 2023, we celebrate the International Day of Democracy. The day is officially recognised as a United Nations observance. It provides an opportunity to reflect on the state of democracy worldwide. This year, the focus is on "Empowering the next generation," recognising young people's pivotal role in advancing democracy.
International Literacy Day, observed annually on 8 September, will be celebrated this year under the theme: "Promoting literacy for a world in transition". It will serve as an opportunity to accelerate progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on education and lifelong learning and to rethink the role of literacy in establishing inclusive, peaceful, just, and sustainable societies.
On 4 May 2023 - the day of the restoration of the independence of the Republic of Latvia, the coordinator of the Latvian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) Maija Katkovska received the highest award of the Latvian state - the Cross of Recognition – for raising awareness about internet safety and media literacy for children in Latvia, and ensuring the work of the hotline fighting Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) online. The award was presented by the President of Latvia.
On 30 July 2023, we commemorate the International Day of Friendship. This Initiative was launched by the United Nation (UN) in 2011 to encourage friendship between people, countries, cultures, and individuals to create harmony between communities and inspire peace efforts.
This year’s Safer Internet Forum (SIF) will, once again, benefit from the insights and contributions of young people. To ensure a successful and engaging event, a Safer Internet Forum Youth Advisory Group (SIF YAG) and the BIK Youth Panel have been convened to help guide the preparation and delivery of the event. Within these two groups, young people from across Europe will work collaboratively in the coming months to deliver an event that reflects the current aspirations and concerns of youth when it comes to their online lives.
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Find out more about how organisations and industry are supporting the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) agenda.
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