Within the European network of Safer Internet Centres, national awareness centres focus on raising awareness and understanding of safer internet issues and emerging trends. They run campaigns to empower children, young people, parents, carers and teachers with the skills, knowledge and strategies to stay safe online and take advantage of the opportunities that the internet and mobile technologies provide.

The network also works extensively with other stakeholders, such as the research community, industry and other NGOs, to extend the reach of key messages and awareness-raising actions.

On this page, you'll find a selection of articles corresponding to awareness-raising work.

To find contact details for your national awareness centre, visit your Safer Internet Centre profile page.

2022-05-17 media literacy/education BIK Team

SIC+ programme: a collaboration between the network of European Safer Internet Centres and like-minded organisations around the world

In 2020, the SIC+ programme made its official debut, broadening the European network of Safer Internet Centres with countries from across the globe. This article outlines the nature and activities of the SIC+ programme that aims, through cooperation by its members, to make the internet a safer and better space for everyone. 

2022-05-15 media literacy/education BIK Team

Happy International Day of Families

15 May marks the International Day of Families. The day is an initiative from the United Nations (UN) and focuses on raising awareness of issues relating to families and increasing the knowledge of the social, economic, and demographic processes affecting families. 

2022-05-12 media literacy/education, potentially harmful content Portuguese Safer Internet Centre

What does the internet say about you? New awareness-raising campaign for senior users

"Strong passwords and chicken soup never hurt anyone" is just one of the slogans of the new campaign by the Portuguese Safer Internet Centre, coordinated by the National Cyber Security Centre (CNCS), and the Portuguese Order of Psychologists to raise awareness about online safety and cybersecurity among older internet users.

2022-05-11 media literacy/education BIK Team

The new Better Internet for Kids strategy is out! Introducing BIK+

Today, the European Commission has adopted a new European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+), with the aim to improve age-appropriate digital services and to ensure that every child is protected, empowered and respected online. This new strategy comes ten years after the first BIK strategy, and during the European Year of Youth, spotlighting the voices and ideas of young people themselves.

2022-05-11 love, relationships, sexuality (online), media literacy/education, online reputation Austrian Safer Internet Centre

Youth Internet Monitor 2022 is out: Which social networks do young people in Austria use?

Every year, the Austrian Safer Internet Centre presents the current data on the use of different social media platforms by Austrian youth. Which social networks are currently the most popular among young boys and girls in Austria? The results are collected in the Youth Internet Monitor

2022-05-04 media literacy/education BIK Team

Better Internet for Kids will participate in Europe Day 2022 celebrations

On Saturday, 7 May 2022, a series of activities will take place at various EU institutions to celebrate Europe Day (9 May). Better Internet for Kids (BIK) will participate in the in-person event with a dedicated space at the European Commission where the BIK agenda and initiatives will be showcased, alongside online safety games and interactive activities for children and young people from the Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs). 

2022-05-03 media literacy/education BIK Team

Today is World Press Freedom Day 2022

Today marks World Press Freedom Day 2022. Every year on 3 May, this day is celebrated to remind governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom. The day has been founded by the United Nations (UN).

2022-05-02 media literacy/education Austrian Safer Internet Centre

Learn how to correctly deal with information about wars, crises and catastrophes found online

For a parent or carer, trying to explain a complicated negative situation to their child can be quite challenging. Similarly, young people find it difficult to process information about traumatic events. Here, the Austrian Safer Internet Centre shares some useful tips and resources to help parents and carers discuss events such as wars, catastrophes and other emergency situations with their children and young people in a helpful and child-friendly way.

2022-04-28 media literacy/education BIK Team

Happy International Girls in ICT Day 2022

Today, 28 April 2022 is the International Girls in ICT Day. Every year on the fourth Thursday of April, this global initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) aims at raising awareness of empowering and encouraging girls and young women to consider careers and studies in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). 

2022-04-28 hate speech, media literacy/education, potentially harmful content Austrian Safer Internet Centre

How can young people deal with content related to the war in Ukraine?

The current war in Ukraine is affecting all of us, including children and young people. The shocking and frightening content shared online can trigger many contrasting feelings. How can young people deal with war-related content? The Austrian Safer Internet Centre shares advice. 

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.