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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Irish Safer Internet Centre raises awareness of new Coco’s Law

Webwise, the Irish Safer Internet Centre, has developed a range of new resources to raise awareness of the Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Bill (Coco’s Law) which was recently introduced in Ireland. Coco’s Law has criminalised the non-consensual distribution of intimate images. 

SaferInternet4Kids’ Youth Panel contributes to IGF workshop on online gender-based violence

SaferInternet4Kids (the Greek Center for Safe Internet (EKAD) of FORTH) participated in the recent Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Together with Maltese and UK members of the Insafe delegation, representing the network of Safer Internet Centres in Europe, representatives hosted a workshop titled "Mind the Gender Gap OR Mend the Gender Gap". 

Hotline expansion into high-risk countries

Is everyone able to report child sexual abuse material (CSAM) they might encounter on the internet? The answer is no. This question often disturbs people or unbalances them, because they cannot believe that people record and distribute the sexual abuse of children. By reducing the supply of CSAM, we reduce demand, as well as access to this content. And network expansion is how we can address the many parts of the world that do not yet offer public reporting. 

Looking back on an eventful year for Better Internet for Kids

As 2021 – yet another year full of uncertainty – comes to an end, Better Internet for Kids recaps on the past year and reflects on the main highlights and activities of 2021, while introducing several exciting events and activities to look forward to in 2022.

Latest helpline trends: Quarter 3, 2021

The Insafe network of helplines collects data about the types of calls received and this is analysed every three months to look at trends, and new and emerging issues. The most recent helpline data covers the period from July to September 2021. This reporting period saw over 15,000 contacts made to the helpline network and continued the overall upward trend in numbers of people reaching out to helplines.

Reflections on parent-child relationships online

COFACE Families Europe marked International Children’s Day 2021 with a policy and advocacy session on parent-child relationships in the digital era. In this session, DigiGen researchers Merike Sisask and Olaf Kapella presented findings on ICT in family life, while Better Internet for Kids Youth Ambassadors (BIK Youth) shared their experiences and reflections as children and young people.

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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.

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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.