Creating a safer connected world: Teachers, educators and professionals

Are you a teacher, educator or other professional working with children and young people?

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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International Day of Friendship 2021

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".

Australians supported Safer Internet Day 2021 by starting the chat about online safety

On Tuesday, 9 February 2021, we celebrated the 18th edition of Safer Internet Day (SID) all across the world, including in Australia. In this article, the Australian Office of the eSafety Commissioner, in its role of Safer Internet Day Committee for Australia, shares a summary of the events that took place.

Digital First Responders: your first line of defence against online crimes

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.

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Useful content for teachers, educators and other professionals

Be aware of the issues which might be affecting the children and young people in your care with our useful guides and tools.

Inappropriate content is a term used to capture a wide - and ever-increasing - range of problematic content online. From hate speech to images of self-harm or pro-ana websites, alongside all of the amazing content online there is some which is inappropriate for different audiences, or which can be harmful.

Read the guide on inappropriate content

Sexting can pose a significant challenge for young people. Images are often shared between two people as part of a relationship; both parties are willing to do this and neither thinks that the images will ever be shared more widely. Sexting usually comes to the attention of a school when something goes wrong.

Read the guide on sexting

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.