Creating a safer connected world: Parents and carers

Are you a parent or carer?

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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Preventing child sexual abuse with a new guidebook for adolescents

A new guidebook has been published for professionals on how to prevent child sexual abuse by helping adolescents who are sexually attracted to children. The guidebook is a product of a research collaboration on child sexual abuse prevention between MSc, PhD-student Mikkel Rask Pedersen and Save the Children Denmark and Save the Children Finland.  

Happy International Day of Older Persons 2022

Every year on the 1 October, it is the International Day of Older Persons. The day has been founded by the United Nations (UN). The International Day of Older Persons celebrates the role of older persons in making wide-ranging contributions to economic and social development, but also challenges issues such as discrimination and social exclusion of the ageing population. 

Media Education Forum 2022 focused on inclusive media education

The Finnish Media Education Forum organised annually by the National Audiovisual Institute (KAVI) celebrated its 10th anniversary this spring. This year’s forum was, for the first time ever, a hybrid event. In addition to the in-person event held in Helsinki, Finland, media education professionals also had the opportunity to join the event online. Speeches and discussions providing fresh new perspectives on media education were streamed live. Discussions focused on how to provide inclusive, in other words, equal and accessible media education for everyone.  

The Positive Online Content Campaign awareness month comes to an end

September is almost over, which means that another edition of the Positive Online Content Campaign (POCC) is wrapping up. Various activities took place throughout the month to raise awareness about the importance of positive online content for children, and to encourage a fruitful discussion among industry, content and services producers, parents, carers and teachers, and youth to encourage the production of more positive, playful, safe online experiences for children. 

The internet: a "game” with inexhaustible resources

It’s once again time to back to school, a new school year which will also be increasingly digital. The digital resources, applications and platforms that students can access on the internet are an important asset to their academic and personal development, provided they are used conscientiously. 

The Portuguese Safer Internet Centre introduces interactive game "Eu e os Outros"

On the second day of the C-Days 2022 – the Portuguese annual cybersecurity conference - Raúl Melo, a psychologist from the General Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD), presented the "Eu e os Outros" game on the panel "Society: non-substance addiction and problematic internet use” explaining the importance of considering mental health in order to invest in prevention measures. 

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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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Want to find out more about Safer Internet Centre (SIC) services and resources in your country?

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