Sexting is the electronic sending and receiving of photos and videos that are sexually suggestive or explicit, often containing nudity, sex acts, texted sexual messages, or sexting emojis. Talking to your kids about sexting can feel awkward for everyone but it is an important conversation to have, especially considering this phenomenon is on the rise among teenagers.
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Latvian Helpline 116111 has released an app to make psychological assistance more accessible to children. This free app, created by the State Inspectorate for Protection of Children’s rights, was intended for children and adolescents to receive psychological assistance when facing online breaches.
As the popularity and success of paid social media influencers increases, their followers often not only want what the influencers have, but also to be them.
The report “Ten Years of Media Literacy Research” is a summary of 90 studies that the Scientific Council of the Dutch Media Literacy Network has collected over the past two years. The Council brings together scientific knowledge about media literacy, determines where knowledge gaps lie and indicates what new research is needed.
Safer Internet Day (SID) is fast approaching – on Tuesday, 9 February 2021, we will be millions around the globe, joining forces “Together for a better internet”. How do you plan to participate in the big day?
Have you noticed that when you go online or login to social media you are presented with content, news, articles or ads that somehow know the things that you are interested in? It makes sense that you will see updates from people or organisations that you follow, but what may be less obvious are the algorithms (complex mathematical formulas) working in the background which determine what content is presented in your newsfeed or search results.
What is your “digital balance”? That was the central question at the 2020 Media Literacy Week, which took place from Friday, 6 to Friday, 13 November, with a focus on health and media. Over the past year, the importance of media literacy and of proper digital balance was more evident than ever. The Week, co-organised by the Dutch Safer Internet Centre (SIC), was an inspiring success filled with online activities.
Social media is a fantastic way to connect and share with others. One of the great things about social media is we can decide what photos, posts, videos we share and as a result, many of us present an idealistic version of ourselves. It’s a great way of sharing parts of our lives with others – posting images and captions that we want others to see. But we are less likely to share the parts we don’t want others to see, or possibly think they wouldn’t be interested in. While social media has many benefits, it can be a place where we feel pressure to live up to certain standards, or which can instill self-doubt when we see images or the lifestyles of others.
Since the beginning of lockdowns and social distancing, instances of online fraud have increased. The Belgian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) shares some advice on how to recognise and respond to cases of phishing and vishing more particularly.
Parents are often concerned about their children's online privacy, wondering whether they might share too much information, whether they know what they can share and with whom, and so on. At the same time, parents are also social media users themselves and share important or fun things, including pictures of their children, a phenomenon known as “sharenting”.
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