Within the European network of Safer Internet Centres, national awareness centres focus on raising awareness and understanding of safer internet issues and emerging trends. They run campaigns to empower children, young people, parents, carers and teachers with the skills, knowledge and strategies to stay safe online and take advantage of the opportunities that the internet and mobile technologies provide.

The network also works extensively with other stakeholders, such as the research community, industry and other NGOs, to extend the reach of key messages and awareness-raising actions.

On this page, you'll find a selection of articles corresponding to awareness-raising work.

To find contact details for your national awareness centre, visit your Safer Internet Centre profile page.

2022-12-06 love, relationships, sexuality (online), media literacy/education, online reputation Croatian Safer Internet Centre

School of Responsible Influencing in Croatia

Always available entertaining and informative content provides countless benefits, but what not all content creators are aware of is that it can also have negative consequences on their follower’s psychological health. Children and young people look at individual content creators as role models, ask them for advice on what to do in a particular situation or share that they are victims of various forms of violence.  

2022-12-06 media literacy/education BIK Team

The SIC+ Focus Group: Fostering global collaboration between European Safer Internet Centres and like-minded organisations around the world

In October 2022, the day after the Safer Internet Forum (SIF), participants from the SIC+ programme gathered together from all over the world to participate in the SIC+ Focus Group in Brussels. In addition to the SIC+ members, a number of European Safer Internet Centres (SICs), the European Commission (EC), BIK Youth Ambassadors and Twitter were also represented. The session focused on two main topics for exchange: public-private partnerships and Safer Internet Day 2023. This article provides a brief overview of the points discussed.

2022-11-30 cyberbullying, e-crime, media literacy/education Czech Safer Internet Centre

Anyone can be affected by cyberbullying

Cyberbullying does not always start as an intentionally harmful act. At times, it can start as a joke, with someone taking a picture of their peer and sharing it on social networks without permission, and without realising it can indeed be hurtful. Sometimes, teasing could just arise out of boredom, but then turn into a more serious matter.  

2022-11-29 media literacy/education, online reputation, potentially harmful content BIK Team

#NOHATEONLINE, the Luxembourgish awareness campaign for more respect on the internet

To contribute to the fight against hate speech, BEE SECURE, the Luxembourgish Safer Internet Centre has started a new campaign. The campaign called #NOHATEONLINE promotes more mutual respect on the internet and the prevention of hate speech. The campaign also aims to provide information about freedom of expression and legal boundaries.

2022-11-22 media literacy/education, sextortion Luxembourgish Safer Internet Centre

The BEE SECURE Helpline warns about sextortion

In recent months, the BEE SECURE Helpline has observed an increase in cases of sextortion, particularly involving young internet users. Sexual extortion, also known as sextortion, is a form of blackmail using sexually explicit material, such as private/intimate photos, videos). 

2022-11-20 media literacy/education BIK Team

Today is World Children’s Day 2022

Every year on 20 November, World Children’s Day is celebrated. The day is UNICEF's annual day of action for children, by children.

2022-11-18 grooming, love, relationships, sexuality (online), media literacy/education, potentially harmful content, sextortion, sexual harassment BIK Team

Today is the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse

Today, 18 November 2022, is the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse. The day is organised by the Council of Europe to raise awareness and facilitate an open discussion on the need to prevent child sexual exploitation and abuse, and to protect children against these crimes. 

2022-11-09 media literacy/education, online reputation Irish Safer Internet Centre

‘Casting the Net’ – new youth-led audio series in Ireland

The Irish Safer Internet Centre has started a new youth-led project called ‘Casting the Net’. The project is a new youth-led audio series hosted by teens for teens exploring the breadth and depth of the online world.

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.