In May 2022, the European Commission adopted a new European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+), to improve age-appropriate digital services and to ensure that every child is protected, empowered and respected online. Ten years after the first BIK strategy, BIK+ wants to spotlight the voices and opinions of European youth.
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Through the Better Internet for Kids agenda, the European Commission, Safer Internet Centres and other stakeholders work with teachers, educators and other professionals around Europe to enable them to equip children and young people with the digital and media literacy skills needed to use the digital environment in a responsible, respectful, critical and creative way. Read on to discover more.
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Social media is playing an increasingly big role in our daily lives, and for many it has become the primary source of information and news. Therefore, it’s important to carefully evaluate the truthfulness of the news we read online. Fake news is becoming increasingly common, it is easily believed by a wide audience, and it is transmitted very quickly through social networks.
On 21-22 June 2022, the Digital Assembly took place in Toulouse, France. The Digital Assembly is an annual event hosted jointly by the European Commission and the holder of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). It is a key forum for members of the European digital ecosystem to gather and discuss important issues. This year’s two-day conference included workshops, panel discussions and plenary sessions focusing on issues related to EU sovereignty and autonomy. In particular, a workshop on day one focused on the newly adopted European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+). BIK Youth Ambassadors Sina and Dimitris were there to share their views.
As part of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Quality Assurance Programme (QAP), the Insafe-INHOPE Coordination Teams are jointly conducting a set of fourteen country visits to national Safer Internet Centres (SICs) to better understand what is happening in the Member States: monitoring emerging issues and challenges, identifying good practices to be shared, and harvesting the results of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) policy. Even though the COVID-19 related safety measures are getting lighter across Europe, it was still agreed by both parties that the visit to the Czech SIC would be carried out as an online meeting, which took place on 17 March 2022.
The whole world is shocked by Russia's attack on Ukraine and the ongoing war. What stuns adults is even more difficult for children and young people to comprehend, but it is hardly possible to keep children away from the current news and exposure to dreadful images and videos. Parents and educators face the difficult task of finding age-appropriate ways of explaining what is happening and answering questions children might have, while at the same time protecting them from harmful media experiences.
To help people of all ages striving for the best digital knowledge, the Lithuanian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) consortium partner Langas į ateitį coordinated All Digital Week(s) in Lithuania. All Digital Week is an annual European campaign running since 2010 to improve digital skills in several European countries. This year in Lithuania, the campaign expanded from one to five weeks from 14 March to 14 April 2022.
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