Child sexual abuse and its spread online is a big problem, and its scale is intensifying. In 2021, there were 85 million photos and videos reported worldwide that depicted child sexual abuse and many more go unreported. The European Commission acknowledges the importance and urgency of addressing child sexual abuse and announced a dedicated proposal in May 2022.
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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 protected, empowered and respected whenever they go online, that they can access and enjoy what the online world has to offer, and know where to seek support if needed. Read on to discover more.
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Today, 15 September, we celebrate every year the International Day of Democracy. The day is a United Nations (UN) observance providing an opportunity to reflect on and review the state of democracy around the world.
This year’s International Literacy Day will be celebrated worldwide under the theme Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces, and will serve as an opportunity to rethink the fundamental importance of literacy learning spaces to build resilience and ensure quality, equitable, and inclusive education for all.
It’s September, which means it’s time to go #BackToSchool for many pupils all around the world. There’s no better way to prepare for the return to school desks again than by joining in activities as part of the Positive Online Content Campaign (POCC) awareness month and be reminded of the importance of safe, playful, reliable online content for children.
New Slovenian study shows that content on social networks has a strong influence on the well-being of young peopleSlovenian Safer Internet Centre
On the internet, adolescents are exposed to unrealistic beauty standards, idealised and sexualised images of people and their lifestyles. Failure to live up to such beauty standards imposed by unattainable and often graphically altered pictures online can have a negative impact on the well-being and mental health of young people, according to a new study conducted by the Slovenian Safer Internet Centre.
Five European organisations have launched a project, called ENDING (ICT & Early School Leaving. Developing a New Methodology to Empower Children in Digital WellbeIng and Critical ThiNkinG), to help reduce early school dropouts. Various studies have identified that addiction to and misuse of technology are among the factors that lead to early school leaving.
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