Today, the European Commission has adopted a new European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+), with the aim to improve age-appropriate digital services and to ensure that every child is protected, empowered and respected online. This new strategy comes ten years after the first BIK strategy, and during the European Year of Youth, spotlighting the voices and ideas of young people themselves.
Research partners are key stakeholders in the Better Internet for Kids agenda, providing a body of knowledge and evidence on issues affecting children and young people online today. Armed with this knowledge, we are able to identify emerging trends and shape appropriate responses and create effective resources for the challenges presented.
On this page, you'll find a selection of articles corresponding to the work of research partners in the safer and better internet field.
Internet access opens up an endless world of interesting things for children and teenagers to discover and, at least in theory, helps them better understand how the world in which we live works. On the other hand, we see daily examples of sites, articles and videos that present social, political and economic events in a style that does not correspond to journalistic principles.
As technology has developed, although having many benefits, it has permitted various forms of cyberbullying to multiply over the years. From sending malicious or threatening messages, to spreading unpleasant secrets in the virtual environment, or breaking accounts on social networks and changing them in order to ridicule others, our children can be subjected to a range of humiliating situations online which they need help responding to.
Minister Martin launches comprehensive online safety research on internet use by children and adults in Ireland
Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, launched a comprehensive report of a national survey of children and young people, and their parents and carers regarding online safety. The report was commissioned following a recommendation put forward by the National Advisory Council for Online Safety (NACOS) that acknowledged the need for up-to-date research and evidence about the state of online safety in Ireland.
In less than two weeks, on 29 and 30 November 2021, the first KID_ACTIONS EU policy, Research and Practitioners Forum will take place in Trento, Italy. Educators, researchers, youth workers, professors, people working in the IT sector and many more, will travel to Trento to take part in this forum on-site or will join the forum online. The different stakeholders will gather to discuss the important matter of preventing and responding to cyberbullying. Make sure to join this event if you are interested in or working (indirectly) on the topic of cyberbullying.
The annual UK Schools’ Online Safety Policy and Practice report looking at trends around online safety over the last year has been released. The report takes data from the 360 Degree Safe tool which covers schools and colleges in England, and analyses where their strengths and weaknesses lie when it comes to online safety.
Teenagers and adults in 18 countries said perceptions of online civility have deteriorated one year into the global pandemic, with respondents in Poland, Philippines, Italy, Germany and Hungary reporting the sharpest net-negative sentiment, new Microsoft research shows.
A new study on online behaviour and the challenges faced by Austrian children and youth on social networks shows a competent use and a conscious online presence.
Every year, the Austrian Safer Internet Centre collects data on social media use of Austrian children and youth. Which social networks do young people in Austria use? Which platforms are trending, and which ones have become less popular? The results are published in the Youth Internet Monitor.
Children and young people are increasingly using technologies to share their views, engage with others, participate and search for information online on a daily basis. Undoubtedly, the digital revolution provides many opportunities for child empowerment, participation and expression, but it also raises concerns on how they can exercise their rights in the digital environment.
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