Within the European network of Safer Internet Centres, national awareness centres focus on raising awareness and understanding of safer internet issues and emerging trends. They run campaigns to empower children, young people, parents, carers and teachers with the skills, knowledge and strategies to stay safe online and take advantage of the opportunities that the internet and mobile technologies provide.

The network also works extensively with other stakeholders, such as the research community, industry and other NGOs, to extend the reach of key messages and awareness-raising actions.

On this page, you'll find a selection of articles corresponding to awareness-raising work.

To find contact details for your national awareness centre, visit your Safer Internet Centre profile page.

2024-05-23 media literacy/education, online reputation, potentially harmful content Romanian Safer Internet Centre

Sharenting: tips for parents and caregivers

In the era of social media, sharenting has become a prevalent practice among parents. Involves the sharing of their child's photos, videos, and milestones online. While the impulse to document and share these precious moments with friends and family is understandable, it is crucial to recognise the long-term implications of this digital footprint on a child's privacy and security. 

2024-05-21 media literacy/education BIK Team

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2024

Today 21, May 2024, marks the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. This day, proclaimed by the United Nations, highlights the importance of cultural diversity and the essential role it plays in fostering dialogue, understanding, and sustainable development. In an increasingly globalised world, protecting and promoting cultural diversity is not only a moral imperative but also a strategic necessity for ensuring peace and prosperity for all.

2024-05-19 media literacy/education Romanian Safer Internet Centre

Embracing JOMO: finding joy in offline experiences 

In today's hyperconnected world, where the internet has become an integral part of daily life, a new phenomenon has emerged: FOMO, or the Fear Of Missing Out. This pervasive fear drives individuals to constantly seek validation and connection online, often at the expense of their mental well-being and offline experiences. However, amidst the relentless pursuit of virtual validation, there lies a growing movement known as JOMO, or the Joy Of Missing Out. Explore the dynamics of FOMO and JOMO, their impact on mental health and productivity, and strategies for cultivating a healthier relationship with technology to promote overall well-being in the digital age. 

2024-05-17 media literacy/education BIK Team

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is celebrated annually on 17 May to highlight the importance of information and communication technology (ICT) in our lives and promote its positive impact on global societies. This day marks the anniversary of the founding of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865. This year, the theme is digital innovation for sustainable development.

2024-05-16 media literacy/education, technical settings BIK Team

Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Today, 16 May 2024, we're celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)! GAAD is an awareness day focusing on digital access and inclusion for the more than one billion people alive today who live with disabilities or impairments. It is marked annually on the third Thursday of May. The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion.

2024-05-15 media literacy/education BIK Team

International Day of Families: celebrating families and addressing climate change

Today, the world comes together to celebrate the International Day of Families. The day is an initiative from the United Nations (UN) that highlights the importance of families and promotes awareness of issues related to them globally. This year, the theme, "Families and Climate Change," focuses on the crucial role families play in climate change and promotes sustainable practices. 

2024-05-14 media literacy/education Romanian Safer Internet Centre

Online safety education in schools 

Joining the Ora de Net Volunteer Programme opens doors to meaningful opportunities for educators across various domains, whether in formal education, alternative education settings, or non-formal methods. The programme offers a platform to engage authentically with children and young people, providing relevant educational resources to facilitate constructive interactions.  

2024-05-11 data privacy, media literacy/education, potentially harmful content BIK Team

BIK Policy Monitor Report 2024 published

The Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Policy Monitor (previously the BIK Policy Map) has been tracking how European countries support children’s and young people’s digital experiences since 2014. Since its launch a decade ago, the main objective of this series has been to compare and exchange knowledge on policies and actions that promote children's safety and well-being in the digital environment based on the recommended measures of the European Strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (the BIK strategy).

2024-05-11 advertising/commercialism, media literacy/education, potentially harmful content, technical settings BIK Team

New launch: BIK age assurance self-assessment tool for digital service providers

The internet offers children and young people many empowering opportunities for personal growth, learning, and social exchange. However, along with these great benefits can come certain risks, including children facing content or services that may be harmful to them.

2024-05-10 media literacy/education Romanian Safer Internet Centre

Understanding children and adolescent social media usage

Children and adolescents are deeply influenced by their interactions on social networks. A recent study highlights how these platforms shape their values, interests, and aspirations, from self-reflection to exploring career options and following favourite public figures. However, clear guidelines for social media usage must be set amidst this digital immersion. Engaging children in discussions about online safety and spending quality time with them helps them to navigate social networks responsibly and effectively. 

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

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