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  • Awareness
  • 21/11/2017
  • German Safer Internet Centre

On 27 October 2017,, a hotline operating as part of the German Safer Internet Centre (SIC), celebrated its 20th anniversary and its development into the German centre - at federal and state level - concerning the protection of minors on the internet. An office which launched with just one and a half employees 20 years ago has now become a well-recognised organisation for the protection of minors. Today, 50 people work there, fighting child sexual exploitation (CSE), hate speech and cyberbullying daily, all committed to helping children and young people to experience a safer and cleaner internet.

At a celebratory event hosted at the State Chancellery of Rheinland-Pfalz, representatives from politics, industry, supervisory bodies and child protection discussed the challenges of youth protection and the implications of the digitalisation of young people's lives. Attendees called for a culture of shared responsibility in order to enable young users to experience the internet more safely.
The event was attended by 150 guests and received media attention and appreciation for the work undertaken by the team of also published a Festschrift (a special anniversary report) with an overview on how the protection of minors should be further enhanced.

Find out more about the work of the German Safer Internet Centre more generally, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal.