Each year, the Estonian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) focuses on one topical issue when celebrating Safer Internet Day in Estonia. This year, Safer Internet Day paid particular attention to misinformation. To this end, the Estonian Safer Internet Centre organised several events.
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Today, 3 May 2021, we celebrate World Press Freedom Day. This celebration originates in 1993, when the UN General Assembly proclaimed 3 May as World Press Freedom Day, following recommendations from the UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991. This day offers the opportunity for a reflection among media professionals and governments about issues related to press freedom, as well as to provide support for those subjects who are targets of the restriction or abolition of press freedom.
One of the aims of the European Commission’s Better Internet for Kids programme is to build capacity in Europe (and beyond) for creating safer and better online experiences for children and young people. One way of doing this is by sharing good practices developed through work within the context of the Insafe and INHOPE networks of Safer Internet Centres and other key stakeholders. As such, three best-practice guides have recently been published.
Today, the Insafe network meets online for a focus group on the topic of children’s rights in relation to the digital environment, more particularly with regards to how policy in that field can be translated into practice.
The traditional Safer Internet Day (SID) celebration in Spain was marked, for the first time, with an online event due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. INCIBE, the coordinator of the Spanish Safer Internet Centre (SIC), hosted the event over two days, 9-10 February 2021, under the slogan of “Together for a better internet: more connected, more secure”.
Thursday, 22 April 2021 is the International Girls in ICT Day. This global initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) aims at raising awareness of empowering and encouraging girls and young women to consider careers and studies in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
In 2021, Safer Internet Day (SID) in Russia was again held in the traditional form of Safe Runet Week, well known since 2008. Although some COVID-related restrictions for mass events were still in place, generally the programme for the week stayed as intensive as before the pandemic. The main difference was a shift for most events to online and the adoption of a “hybrid” strategy, having both offline and online participation in Safer Internet Day activities.
Making the internet safer remains a strategic objective in Portugal. According to the EU Kids Online 2020 report, approximately 1 in 4 children or young people say they have had an "uncomfortable" experience online (18 per cent for boys; 27 per cent for girls). Equally, more than half of children say they have difficulties in verifying which information online is true (53 per cent).
On the occasion of Safer Internet Day (SID) in the Netherlands, the Dutch Safer Internet Centre (SIC) published a survey on online well-being in the COVID-19 period, with a special focus on online love and sexuality.
In Italy, the Safer Internet Day (SID) 2021 event was hosted completely online and made available via live streaming. A debate took place between students, parents and teachers – the whole scholastic community – on how to help younger generations through a learning process on positive use of the web, the technological instruments available, and their role in good and appropriate use of the platforms.
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