The Forum seeks to discuss and showcase initiatives related to developing digital skills for children, parents and teachers while also paying attention to the needs of vulnerable children. This year’s edition takes place in a hybrid format in Brussels, Belgium and online with the theme of Empowering YOUth with skills for the Digital Decade. As part of the European Year of Skills and other policy frameworks, the Safer Internet Forum 2023 focuses on pillars two and three of the BIK+ strategy. It delves into digital empowerment and active participation/respect concerning children and young people.
Creating a safer connected world: Organisations and industry
Organisations and industry
Organisations and industry partners are key stakeholders in the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) agenda, working with the European Commission (EC), Safer Internet Centres (SICs) across Europe, and other stakeholders to ensure that products and services are safer by design, and that appropriate measures and responses can be given to any issues identified. Read on to discover more.
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The Respect Effect is a new anti-bullying educational resource that aims to empower Irish students to recognise and act against online bullying through their positive actions and behaviours and help create an anti-bullying school environment.
Today, 20 November 2023, marks a special day on the calendar. World's Children's Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children's Day to encourage international togetherness, raise awareness among children worldwide, and improve children's welfare.
Today, 18 November 2023, marks the day of the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse. The Council of Europe created it to inform and discuss the importance of protecting children against child sexual exploitation. The theme of this year, “Learning from victims/survivors of childhood sexual violence to inspire policy change”, underscores the importance of engaging with victims at national and local levels.
The Latvian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) has taken a proactive and creative approach to address the importance of developing essential media literacy and skills for children. They have developed a board game kit consisting of six engaging games, each dedicated to specific aspects of media literacy and digital skills.
The European SafeOnline Prototype: helping parents with their children's media education in different countriesBelgium Safer Internet Centre
The European partners of the European SafeOnline (ESOI) project launched the SafeOnline Prototype: a ready-to-use toolbox for European organisations that want to support parents to improve their children's online safety.
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Find out more about how organisations and industry are supporting the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) agenda.
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