Social media is playing an increasingly big role in our daily lives, and for many it has become the primary source of information and news. Therefore, it’s important to carefully evaluate the truthfulness of the news we read online. Fake news is becoming increasingly common, it is easily believed by a wide audience, and it is transmitted very quickly through social networks.
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 agenda, the European Commission, Safer Internet Centres 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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The whole world is shocked by Russia's attack on Ukraine and the ongoing war. What stuns adults is even more difficult for children and young people to comprehend, but it is hardly possible to keep children away from the current news and exposure to dreadful images and videos. Parents and educators face the difficult task of finding age-appropriate ways of explaining what is happening and answering questions children might have, while at the same time protecting them from harmful media experiences.
To help people of all ages striving for the best digital knowledge, the Lithuanian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) consortium partner Langas į ateitį coordinated All Digital Week(s) in Lithuania. All Digital Week is an annual European campaign running since 2010 to improve digital skills in several European countries. This year in Lithuania, the campaign expanded from one to five weeks from 14 March to 14 April 2022.
Some people have difficulties getting on the digital train. They have little or no access to digital media, are frequently confronted in their environment with an attitude of avoidance or negativity towards digital media, and lack knowledge about these media, all of which deprive them of the right to participate fully in the digital society.
Protecting your privacy means above all not sharing too much information. Many young people on social media still tend to publish private information on their profiles, for example the name and address of their school or their phone number. But nowadays, privacy and personal data protection are two essential elements. How can young people be educated about protecting their privacy online?
The Slovenian awareness centre Safe.si has published a new handbook aimed at parents and carers including tips and advice for a safer use of the internet called “Vzgoja za internet – priročnik za starše” (How to educate about the internet - a handbook for parents). The handbook is aimed at parents and carers of primary school pupils, as children become intensive internet users at this age. It contains tips and warnings about the most common online risks young people face.
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.
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