On 30 July 2021, we celebrate the International Day of Friendship. The global observance was initiated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2011 to promote "friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals" as a way to "inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities".
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Children and young people are at the heart of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) agenda, in which the European Commission (EC), Safer Internet Centres (SICs) across Europe, and other stakeholders work together to ensure that every young European has access to a digital environment where they feel safe and empowered to explore the multitude of opportunities offered, and know where to seek support if needed. Read on to discover more.
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Today, 15 July 2021, we celebrate the United Nations World Youth Skills Day. This observance originates in 2014 and was declared by the United Nations General Assembly. Every year, it offers the opportunity for dialogue between young people, education experts and institutions, policy makers and educators.
During Portugal’s Presidency of the European Union, the Portuguese media regulator IGAC has officially recognised PEGI as the age rating system for video games, following the implementation of a decree that regulates the authorisation of video game distribution in Portugal.
We were taught as children not to talk to strangers, and as young adults never to leave our drinks unguarded. We knew we had to stay alert and on guard when we were outside of our homes, but for most of us, home was a safe place. However, this hasn’t been the case for many years now, and the threats associated with the online world travel with us as relentlessly as the devices in our pockets. This shift for our children, of experiencing their youth through the online environment, has been accelerated by COVID-19 and the availability of new apps.
The 2021 edition of the annual C-Days conference took place from 14-16 June in Porto, Portugal. Created in 2015 by the National Centre for Cybersecurity (CNCS), C-Days is an annual cybersecurity conference which aims to bring together national and international experts to debate on subjects related to cybersecurity from different perspectives: strategic, operational, technical and educational.
Slovenian paediatricians are increasingly encountering children and adolescents who have developed various difficulties due to an inappropriate use of devices with screens. Preschool children stand out especially, as they seem to be particularly affected by premature and prolonged exposure to screens.
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