NEWS

On this page, you'll find a selection of general news articles corresponding to creating a safer and better internet for children and young people.

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INHOPE releases 2019 annual report

2019 has been a year of growth in both size and strength for the INHOPE network, which saw the amount of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) processed by hotlines nearly double from 2017 to 2019.

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Commission adopts strategy for a more effective fight against child sexual abuse

Child sexual abuse is a growing threat, both online and offline. To counter this phenomenon, the European Commission (EC) adopted an EU strategy for a more effective fight against child sexual abuse on Friday, 24 August 2020.

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New Microsoft study reveals mixed online civility trends during COVID-19

  • Awareness
  • 24/07/2020
  • Jacqueline Beauchere, Global Digital Safety Advocate, Microsoft

Teenagers and adults in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region reported an uptick in online civility and more respectful digital interactions during the COVID-19 global pandemic, results from a new Microsoft research study show. Meanwhile, respondents in Latin America said online civility worsened, punctuated by an increase in the spread of false or misleading information.

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Flexibility is key – APLE Cambodia's online awareness campaigns during COVID-19

  • Hotlines
  • 23/07/2020
  • APLE Cambodia, the Cambodian Safer Internet Day (SID) Committee

In the midst of adversity, Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE) Cambodia is committed to overcome and adapt in order to stay focused on its most important goal: protecting children from online and offline sexual abuse and exploitation.

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BIK Youth at COFACE Digital Citizenship Breakfast Byte – Are youth all natural digital citizens?

  • Youth
  • 22/07/2020
  • BIK Team

From Monday, 11 to Wednesday, 20 May 2020, COFACE Families Europe marked the International Day of Families 2020 by hosting Digital Citizenship Breakfast Bytes, a series of eight 90-minute online sessions (from 9:30-11:00 CEST) aiming to increase critical thinking and understanding of the digital world. Four Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Youth Ambassadors hosted the last session, "Are youth all natural digital citizens?" on Wednesday, 20 May 2020, discussing what being a digital citizen meant to them.

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Dutch hotline EOKM publishes 2019 Annual Report

  • Hotlines
  • 20/07/2020
  • Meldpunt Kinderporno, EOKM, the Dutch hotline

INHOPE's Dutch hotline Meldpunt Kinderporno of the Expertise Centre for Online Child Sexual Abuse (EOKM) recently published its Annual Report for 2019.

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UK SIC and Facebook release new guide for schools using apps

  • Awareness
  • 16/07/2020
  • UK Safer Internet Centre

The UK Safer Internet Centre (SIC) has been working directly with Facebook to produce a brand new guide for education professionals using Facebook apps.

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World Youth Skills Day 2020 – Building young people's resilience to the pandemic through digital skills

Wednesday, 15 July 2020 marks World Youth Skills Day (WYSD), an annual observance organised by the United Nations (UN), an opportunity for various stakeholders to "acknowledge and celebrate the importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship".

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SIC+ countries meet to discuss awareness raising and youth participation

Global participants in the SIC+ programme recently took part in a webinar to share experiences and good practices relating to awareness raising and youth participation in online safety issues. The Insafe and INHOPE networks launched the SIC+ initiative with the aim of extending and replicating the successful Safer Internet Centre (SIC) model beyond Europe.

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ECPAT Sweden publishes report on harmful contact

  • Hotlines
  • 13/07/2020
  • ECPAT Sweden, the Swedish hotline

ECPAT Sweden's hotline has noticed that self-generated material involves increasingly younger children, some as young as seven years old.

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