BETTER INTERNET FOR KIDS POLICY MAP
The Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Map was created to compare and exchange knowledge on policy making and implementation in EU Member States on the themes and recommendations of the European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children (or BIK strategy) first set out by the European Commission in May 2012. A first report was published in 2014, while this second report was published in March 2018 to review progress made.
An executive summary follows, or download the full report.
- Pillar 1: Stimulating quality content online for young people
- Pillar 2: Digital/media literacy in education
- Pillar 3: Stepping up awareness and empowerment
- Pillar 4: Tools and regulation for an online safe environment
- Pillar 5: Legislation and law enforcement against child sexual abuse and exploitation
- Firstly, strengthen national-level policy governance in the area of Better Internet for Kids strategy. Accordingly, greater attention should be given by Member States to enhancing formal and informal coordination of policy making on BIK strategy, they should seek to align national goals for digitalisation, educational attainment and youth strategy with BIK policy objectives, ensure that policy objectives are clearly articulated in a distinct policy framework, and that policy making for BIK is supported by regular research and data collection at the national level.
- Secondly, increase or continue national level support in provision of BIK services, matching the European contribution for BIK. As such, Member States should consider strengthening national provision for a sustainable and reliable resourcing model for Safer Internet Centres (SICs), seek opportunities to support and sustain greater levels of multi-stakeholder participation including further cooperation with industry, and seek to ensure that children's participation in the policy-making process can progress beyond consultation to include meaningful participation in the actual decision-making process.
- Thirdly, support further opportunities for dialogue between EU Member States on BIK-related policy making. Action is needed at both European and Member State level to ensure further cooperation regarding tools and regulation for a safe online environment. Equally, the range and scope of BIK activities to keep pace with the changing environment for children's digital participation needs further development, while the development of guidelines and best practice models for policy implementation would be beneficial.