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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Celebrating the International Day for Universal Access to Information 2023

Today, 28 September 2023, we celebrate the International Day for Universal Access to Information. This day serves as a reminder of the fundamental human right to access information and highlights its critical role in fostering transparency, accountability, and informed decision-making. 

Helpful apps for everyday school life

The holidays are now officially over. As a parent or carer, are you worried about how to cope with your children’s everyday school life? The Austrian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) shows you how to make your life easier and learning fun with apps. 

Back To School 2023 in Italy

The Italian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) recently organised an event at the Ministry of Education to kick off the new school year, packed with webinars and other activities for young people. 

Safely back to school: digital safety in the classroom

As summer comes to an end, millions of children around the world return to their classrooms, ready to dive back into traditional school subjects like math, history, literature and science. Yet, one piece that is often missing from their curriculum is digital education. Even though digital technology has long been an indispensable aspect of most students’ lives, online safety online safety remains a scarce topic in many schools worldwide

When should you buy your child their first mobile phone?

Whether it’s because of siblings or parents, or whether it’s a result of them starting school, children nowadays first come across the internet and mobile phones at an increasingly earlier age. But when is it an appropriate time for a child to get their first mobile phone?

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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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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.