Creating a safer connected world: Parents and carers

Are you a parent or carer?

Parents and carers are often in the best position to influence, support, educate and protect their children, both offline and online. Through the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) agenda, the European Commission (EC), Safer Internet Centres (SICs) and other stakeholders strive to support parents and carers in this role, ensuring children and young people use the internet in a responsible, respectful, critical and creative way. Read on to discover more.

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Safer Internet Day 2024: Artificial Intelligence (AI) risks and opportunities for children and young people

To mark Safer Internet Day 2024, the Greek Safer Internet Centre draws attention to the dangers of using emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), especially by underage users. Cases have already become known where minors, using AI applications, have altered photographs of underage girls and started to share them 'for fun', as they said afterwards. Today, the majority of the 'deepfake' material circulating on the internet is non-consensual pornography. In other words, videos of pornographic material appear where the face has been replaced. Usually, the victims are celebrities, but anyone can become a victim. The whole issue raises great concerns about privacy on the Internet, and unfortunately, it can turn any individual into a potential victim, regardless of their gender. Parents and teachers must talk to children and adolescents about the consequences of this practice. 

Safer Internet Day 2024: joining together for a better internet all around the world

On Tuesday, 6 February 2024, we celebrated the 21st edition of Safer Internet Day (SID), with events and activities taking place right across the globe. With a theme, once again, of “Together for a better internet”, the day called upon all stakeholders to join together to make the internet a safer and better place for all, and especially for children and young people. The day was a great success, and we are excited to share with you just a few of the achievements so far from the coordination level.  

Mastering password security: protecting your digital identity

In an increasingly digitised world, safeguarding our online presence is essential. As cyber threats loom ever more significant, robust password protection becomes necessary. Delve into the realm of cybersecurity with insights from experts, as we explore the pivotal role of password managers in fortifying our digital safety. 

And suddenly the money is gone: expensive TikTok matches and cash gifts

"So cute!", "OMG!" - with one click, you can support creators on TikTok with cash gifts. The harmless names often conceal that gifts may cost up to 300 euros. Especially during live matches, viewers are encouraged to send cash gifts. Keep reading to learn how the gift system on TikTok works and which settings in the app are relevant to young people. 

Keeping children and young people safe in virtual worlds

It’s Safer Internet Day; an occasion to reflect on the opportunities and challenges of being online. This annual day of celebration serves to promote a safer and better internet to both empower and protect children and young people in their digital lives. Some of the key developments in recent years revolve around artificial intelligence (AI), with virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and extended reality (XR) applications emerging in all sectors of society from leisure and learning, to business and health. Here, we dive a bit deeper into some of the considerations… 

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Useful content for parents and carers

A good way for parents and carers to support their children in their digital lives is to stay aware of the issues and challenges of being online. Find some highlights below, or browse the site for more.

Browse our selection of guides on topical online safety issues - from cyberbullying to online reputation, and online challenges to sexting, find out what you need to know.

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Our guide to apps aims to provide key information about some of the most popular apps, social networking sites and other platforms which are commonly being used by children and young people (and adults) today.

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Want to find out more about Safer Internet Centre (SIC) services and resources in your country?

Check out your SIC profile page to connect with national resources and sources of support, providing awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services.