Creating a safer connected world: Teachers, educators and professionals

Are you a teacher, educator or other professional working with children and young people?

Through the Better Internet for Kids agenda, the European Commission, Safer Internet Centres 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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Better Internet for Kids advent calendar 2021

The festive season is finally here! As 2021 comes to end, once again facing challenging and unprecedented times, celebrations will kick off all over the world for the holidays. To look back on the past year and to celebrate the soon-to-come Safer Internet Day 2022 on Tuesday, 8 February, Better Internet for Kids (BIK) has prepared an interactive advent calendar full of useful resources and positive content.

The Teen Team of the Czech Safer Internet Centre produced the short video "Let's treat each other on the internet as in real life"

This autumn, members of the Czech Youth Panel were given the task of devising a script for a short video on the topic of internet security. Subsequently, they stepped in front of the camera and, under the direction of Patrik Fiala and Martin Klesnil, who are shooting the successful podcast "At the round table" in the Czech Republic, experienced first-hand what it's like to be an actor.

Happy World Children’s Day 2021!

Today, 20 November 2021, we celebrate World Children’s Day, a United Nations observance to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide, and to improve children's welfare.

Recommendations for providers of textbooks and other teaching material on how to integrate media and information literacy in schools

The main objective of media and information literacy is to enable people to enjoy fundamental freedoms – such as the freedom of opinion and expression – as well as to seek, transfer and receive information in the most effective, inclusive, ethical and meaningful way. Salomėja Bitlieriūtė, from the National Agency for Education in Lithuania, shares recommendations for teachers and educators on how to integrate media and information literacy in their school activities.

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Useful content for teachers, educators and other professionals

Be aware of the issues which might be affecting the children and young people in your care with our useful guides and tools.

Inappropriate content is a term used to capture a wide - and ever-increasing - range of problematic content online. From hate speech to images of self-harm or pro-ana websites, alongside all of the amazing content online there is some which is inappropriate for different audiences, or which can be harmful.

Read the guide on inappropriate content

Sexting can pose a significant challenge for young people. Images are often shared between two people as part of a relationship; both parties are willing to do this and neither thinks that the images will ever be shared more widely. Sexting usually comes to the attention of a school when something goes wrong.

Read the guide on sexting

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.