YOUTH

Youth participation in the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) agenda allows young people to express their views and exchange knowledge and experiences concerning their use of online technologies, as well as tips on how to stay safe.

They also advise on internet safety and empowerment strategy, help create innovative resources and disseminate eSafety messages to their peers.

On this page, you'll find a selection of articles corresponding to youth participation in the BIK agenda.

EuroDIG 2020 through the eyes of a BIK Youth Ambassador

  • Youth
  • 01/07/2020
  • Kathrin Morasch, BIK Youth Ambassador

Kathrin, BIK Youth Ambassador from Germany, took part in the EuroDIG 2020 (European Dialogue on Internet Governance), which took place from Wednesday, 10 June to Friday, 12 June 2020 online. Below, she shares the main take-aways of the sessions she attended.

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Making terms and conditions accessible to young people with the BIK Youth Ambassadors

  • Youth
  • 30/06/2020
  • BIK Team

In February 2020, a group of six Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Youth Ambassadors marked Safer Internet Day (SID) by hosting a dialogue with industry members from the Alliance to better protect minors online at the European Commission (EC) on the age appropriateness of apps and services' privacy information for children and young people. Below, three of them – Matej, Kathrin and Charampoulos – look back on their experience and share their aspirations.

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The power of likes through the eyes of Greek SIC's Youth Panel

  • Youth
  • 12/06/2020
  • Greek Safer Internet Centre

Teenagers and adults are constantly bombarded with images depicting "perfect" bodies, faces, products and relationships, making them feel inadequate and urging them to have similar lifestyles.

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Bulgarian youth panellist named one of 12 "kid activists who are changing the world"

  • Youth
  • 11/06/2020
  • Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre

16-year-old Bulgarian youth panellist Milena Radoytseva was recently recognised as one of 12 kid activists who are changing their communities and the world for the better by The Washington Post. As a member of the Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre's Youth panel, Milena is making the internet safer for Bulgarian children and their families.

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Looking back on SID 2020 and the Youth Pledge for a Better Internet

  • Youth
  • 28/05/2020
  • Kathrin Morasch, BIK Youth Ambassador

In February 2020, Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Youth Ambassador Kathrin Morasch participated in Safer Internet Day (SID) celebrations at the European Commission (EC) to introduce the Youth Pledge for a Better Internet, along with five fellow youth panellists. Below, she looks back on her experience.

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Italy launches online platform for young people in response to COVID-19

  • Awareness
  • 19/05/2020
  • Italian Safer Internet Centre

Families, teachers, boys and girls have had their everyday lives turned upside down by this long quarantine, in which all of us have had to redefine our daily routines. In this extraordinary scenario, digital technologies have been having a much larger and central role in the lives of each and every one of us.

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Are you aware of your terms and conditions? – #Pledge2Youth

  • Youth
  • 08/05/2020
  • Matěj Bednář, BIK Youth Ambassador

In February 2020, on the occasion of Safer Internet Day (SID), a group of Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Youth Ambassadors prepared a Youth Pledge for a Better Internet on how to make the information on the apps and services they use on the internet more age appropriate for children and young people, and presented it to a panel of industry representatives at the European Commission. Matěj, BIK Youth Ambassador from Czechia, reflects on his experience below.

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Young people and digital citizenship – a "Breakfast Byte" by BIK Youth Ambassadors

  • Youth
  • 06/05/2020
  • BIK Team

From Monday, 11 to Wednesday, 20 May 2020, COFACE Families Europe will mark the International Day of Families 2020 by holding their Digital Citizenship Breakfast Bytes, a series of eight 90-minute online sessions (from 9:30-11:00 CET) aiming to increase critical thinking and understanding of the digital world. The Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Youth Ambassadors will host one of these sessions on "Are youth all natural digital citizens?"

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BIK Youth Ambassadors: Making the best of digital technologies during lockdown

  • Youth
  • 04/05/2020
  • BIK Team

The global lockdown induced by the coronavirus pandemic has caused fundamental changes to the lifestyles of young people around the world. One of these consequences is their increased reliance on digital technologies – to maintain a social life, to study, to access culture, to express their creativity, and more. The BIK Youth Ambassadors share their insights and tips to cope with this new reality in the best way possible.

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Staying safe online while social distancing – Top tips from the BIK Youth Ambassadors

  • Youth
  • 27/04/2020
  • BIK Team

The global lockdown induced by the coronavirus pandemic has caused fundamental changes to the lifestyles of young people around the world. One of these consequences is their increased reliance on digital technologies – to maintain a social life, to study, to access culture, to express their creativity, and more. The BIK Youth Ambassadors share their tips to cope with this new reality in the best way possible.

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