Creating a safer connected world: Teachers, educators and professionals

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Through the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) agenda, the European Commission (EC), Safer Internet Centres (SICs) and other stakeholders work with teachers, educators and other professionals around Europe to enable them to equip children and young people with the digital and media literacy skills needed to use the digital environment in a responsible, respectful, critical and creative way. Read on to discover more.

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"Growing up in the digital world": successful Safer Internet symposium

On Safer Internet Day 2024, the Austrian Safer Internet Centre organised a conference titled "Growing up in the digital world". Politicians and experts discussed current trends and challenges online with educators, parents, and an interested specialist audience. Young people were not only the subject of the event but were also actively involved in its organisation. They supplemented the specialist presentations with exciting insights into their digital world. The concept was interesting - the conference was fully booked within a few days. 

New study about beauty ideals on the internet

To mark Safer Internet Day 2024,  the Austrian Safer Internet Centre presented the results of a new youth study on "Beauty ideals on the internet". The study examines the effects of digital media use on young people's body-related self-image. To this end, 400 young people between 12 and 17 years old were questioned about their experiences, supplemented by four in-depth focus groups with 56 participating pupils. The results show that the pressure on young people to conform to unrealistic body images is high. At the same time, the important role of parents and other caregivers in dealing with beauty ideals becomes clear.

Safer Internet Day 2024: Artificial Intelligence (AI) risks and opportunities for children and young people

To mark Safer Internet Day 2024, the Greek Safer Internet Centre draws attention to the dangers of using emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), especially by underage users. Cases have already become known where minors, using AI applications, have altered photographs of underage girls and started to share them 'for fun', as they said afterwards. Today, the majority of the 'deepfake' material circulating on the internet is non-consensual pornography. In other words, videos of pornographic material appear where the face has been replaced. Usually, the victims are celebrities, but anyone can become a victim. The whole issue raises great concerns about privacy on the Internet, and unfortunately, it can turn any individual into a potential victim, regardless of their gender. Parents and teachers must talk to children and adolescents about the consequences of this practice. 

Safer Internet Day 2024: joining together for a better internet all around the world

On Tuesday, 6 February 2024, we celebrated the 21st edition of Safer Internet Day (SID), with events and activities taking place right across the globe. With a theme, once again, of “Together for a better internet”, the day called upon all stakeholders to join together to make the internet a safer and better place for all, and especially for children and young people. The day was a great success, and we are excited to share with you just a few of the achievements so far from the coordination level.  

Mastering password security: protecting your digital identity

In an increasingly digitised world, safeguarding our online presence is essential. As cyber threats loom ever more significant, robust password protection becomes necessary. Delve into the realm of cybersecurity with insights from experts, as we explore the pivotal role of password managers in fortifying our digital safety. 

Keeping children and young people safe in virtual worlds

It’s Safer Internet Day; an occasion to reflect on the opportunities and challenges of being online. This annual day of celebration serves to promote a safer and better internet to both empower and protect children and young people in their digital lives. Some of the key developments in recent years revolve around artificial intelligence (AI), with virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and extended reality (XR) applications emerging in all sectors of society from leisure and learning, to business and health. Here, we dive a bit deeper into some of the considerations… 

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Useful content for teachers, educators and other professionals

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The BIK Teacher Corner is for teachers, educators and other adults who work with children and young people. It is your ‘one stop shop’ for learning and teaching about digital citizenship and online safety. You can find free information, advice and suggested resources.

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Here you can find a range of dossiers which will dive deeper into the evolving range of opportunities and risks of the online world. Deep dives provide teachers and educators with more in-depth information, advice and resources to understand specific topics/areas of risk

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