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Insafe network meets to discuss the impact of technology on the health and wellbeing of children and young people

Today, the Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres begins a two-day meeting in Larnaca, Cyprus, exchanging knowledge and experience about the latest online issues and trends, considering what the future of technology holds and how it may impact the work of Awareness Centres and Helplines in Europe. 

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ICMEC publishes new report

INHOPE's partners and friends at ICMEC (international Centre for Missing & Exploited Children) recently issued the 8th edition of their report Child Pornography: Model Legislation and Global Review
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Twitter Q&A session

The Insafe network of European Safer Internet Centres hosted a Twitter Q&A session on 14 April 2016, answering questions from users about online safety topics. The Twitter Q&A session focused on four key areas: cyberbullying, online relationships, big data and copyright.  These were the topics debated during the recent eSafety eTwinning learning event which provided information and tips, as well as fostered debate, on online safety for teachers.
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Online extremism and radicalisation

Online extremism is an issue that has received a great deal of attention in recent months. Especially after the terrorist attacks in November 2015 in Paris, the subsequent Brussels lockdown due to high-level terrorist alert and the attacks in March 2016, the fear that young people can be groomed online in Europe by violent extremists and terrorists and encouraged to leave their home countries in order to join IS (Islamic State) in Iraq or Syria has grown, along with another fear that, through immersion in violent extremist cyberspaces, vulnerable young people can also be radicalised to carry out attacks in their home countries.

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New EU rules on data protection approved at the European Parliament

  • News
  • 14/04/2016
  • BIK team

Today, the European Parliament has adopted new EU data protection legislation replacing the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive. Proposed by the European Commission in 2012 and agreed upon by the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission in December 2015, the new legislation has designed a set of rules providing citizens with more information and control over their own private information in the digital age, including protecting and expanding the scope of the right to be forgotten ruling in law. Additionally, the legislation aims to ease the process of setting up companies envisaging to strengthen the development of the Digital Single Market.

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ENABLE resource pack now available

Available now: the free ENABLE resource pack to provide teachers and families with the skills, knowledge and confidence to promote the wellbeing of young people.

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Internet acronyms and slang for parents

Since the launch of our new Better Internet for Kids portal towards the end of last year, we've been delighted to be contacted by some industry representatives keen to promote a better and safer internet for children and young people in their own areas of work and activities. 
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My adventures to Facebook Dublin with the Webwise Youth Panel

  • News
  • 11/04/2016
  • Alana, Irish SIC Youth panellist

Alana, a youth panellist with the Irish Safer Internet Centre (SIC), recently took part in a visit to Facebook's offices in Dublin with the Webwise Youth Panel. Here, she shares her experience.

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MIL for me

"MIL for me" is an online training resource on media and information literacy containing a module for teachers and school-librarians, another module for students, lesson plans and suggested methods for working with Media and Information Literacy (MIL) in schools.
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eSafety Twitter Q&A

From the 1-12 April, the Insafe coordination team is hosting an eTwinning Learning event providing information and tips, as well as fostering debates on eSafety for teachers. eSafety covers a wide range of issues, including cyberbullying, privacy and online reputation. Schools have a key role to play here in terms of providing education to pupils (and possibly parents) in order to provide them with the skills and tools that they need to stay safe online. 
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