Creating a safer connected world: Research and policy

Research and policy

Through the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) agenda, the European Commission (EC), Safer Internet Centres (SICs) and other stakeholders regularly engage with partners from the fields of research and policy to strengthen the evidence base on children and young people’s online safety and protect, promote and advance their rights in the digital environment. Read on to discover more.

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ProjectEVOLVE - Knowledge Map feature has launched

UK Safer Internet Centre (SIC) partners, South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL), are pleased to announce that the long-anticipated Knowledge Map feature for ProjectEVOLVE has now officially launched for school years 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 10. ProjectEVOLVE resources each of the 330 statements from UK Council for Internet Safety's (UKCIS) framework “Education for a Connected World” with perspectives; research; activities; outcomes; supporting resources and professional development materials.

Safer Internet Day 2021 shortlisted for two prestigious awards

The UK Safer Internet Centre (SIC) are delighted to announce that Safer Internet Day (SID) 2021 has received further recognition after being shortlisted for two prestigious awards. Safer Internet Day 2021 was the most successful ever, with more than half of UK children aged between 8 and 17 hearing about the day, while 38 per cent of UK parents and carers were also aware of the celebrations on 9 February 2021.

Looking back at Safer Internet Day 2021

Susie Hargreaves OBE, Chief Executive of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre (SIC), looks back on the impact Safer Internet Day (SID) had, and looks forward to a safer internet in 2022.

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Useful content on research and policy

Find out more about how research and policy is helping to create a better internet for children and young people.

The annual Safer Internet Forum brings together young people, parent and teacher representatives, industry and government policy makers, technological and awareness-raising experts, and political, educational and social leaders from Europe and beyond. This year's edition takes place in November.

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The Better Internet for Kids Policy Map was created to compare and exchange knowledge on policy making and implementation in EU Member States on the themes and recommendations of the European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children.

Explore the BIK Policy Map

The time children and young people spend online has increased significantly, giving them access to unprecedented opportunities but also exposing them to new risks. To address this new reality, the European Commission is funding four Horizon 2020 projects.

Read more about the Horizon 2020 projects

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.