Creating a safer connected world: Parents and carers

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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 (BIK) agenda, the European Commission (EC), Safer Internet Centres (SICs) 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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Sharenting: tips for parents and caregivers

In the era of social media, sharenting has become a prevalent practice among parents. Involves the sharing of their child's photos, videos, and milestones online. While the impulse to document and share these precious moments with friends and family is understandable, it is crucial to recognise the long-term implications of this digital footprint on a child's privacy and security. 

Embracing JOMO: finding joy in offline experiences 

In today's hyperconnected world, where the internet has become an integral part of daily life, a new phenomenon has emerged: FOMO, or the Fear Of Missing Out. This pervasive fear drives individuals to constantly seek validation and connection online, often at the expense of their mental well-being and offline experiences. However, amidst the relentless pursuit of virtual validation, there lies a growing movement known as JOMO, or the Joy Of Missing Out. Explore the dynamics of FOMO and JOMO, their impact on mental health and productivity, and strategies for cultivating a healthier relationship with technology to promote overall well-being in the digital age. 

International Day of Families: celebrating families and addressing climate change

Today, the world comes together to celebrate the International Day of Families. The day is an initiative from the United Nations (UN) that highlights the importance of families and promotes awareness of issues related to them globally. This year, the theme, "Families and Climate Change," focuses on the crucial role families play in climate change and promotes sustainable practices. 

Understanding children and adolescent social media usage

Children and adolescents are deeply influenced by their interactions on social networks. A recent study highlights how these platforms shape their values, interests, and aspirations, from self-reflection to exploring career options and following favourite public figures. However, clear guidelines for social media usage must be set amidst this digital immersion. Engaging children in discussions about online safety and spending quality time with them helps them to navigate social networks responsibly and effectively. 

Understanding sexting and empowering youth through parental guidance

As adolescents navigate the vast online landscape, they encounter various risks, with sexting emerging as a particularly prevalent concern. Sexting, the practice of sharing explicit messages or images via digital platforms, poses profound threats to the emotional, psychological, and even legal welfare of young individuals. By shedding light on the inherent dangers and consequences of sexting, the Romanian Safer Internet Centre aims to empower parents to initiate meaningful conversations and equip their children with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the digital realm safely and respectfully. 

Parents' perception of their children's internet usage 

The latest study conducted by the Save the Children organisation sheds light on the alarming gap between parental awareness and children's online experiences. It revealed that 1 in 10 parents are aware of their child’s negative or unpleasant online experience; the findings underscore the pressing need for improved parental engagement and understanding of internet safety. 

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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.

Browse our selection of guides on topical online safety issues - from cyberbullying to online reputation, and online challenges to sexting, find out what you need to know.

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Our guide to apps aims to provide key information about some of the most popular apps, social networking sites and other platforms which are commonly being used by children and young people (and adults) today.

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