AWARENESS

Within the Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs), National Awareness Centres (NACs) 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.

Web constable: Intervention is needed before bullying becomes a death sentence

  • Awareness
  • 18/01/2019
  • Estonian Safer Internet Centre

In recent years, Estonia (like the world in general) has seen growing interest in the topic of suicide, which has brought with it an increase in self-harming and games such as Blue Whale, but also tragic consequences and deaths. For Maarja Punak, Web Constable in Estonia, online media are partly to blame.

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Youth – Get involved in Safer Internet Day 2019!

Safer Internet Day (SID) is just around the corner! The celebrations will take place on Tuesday, 5 February 2019 all around the world, with more than 140 countries involved. The campaign's slogan, "Together for a better internet", is a call to action for all stakeholders to join together and play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, and especially for children and young people.

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Campaign against child sexual abuse material on social media and the dark web

  • Awareness
  • 17/01/2019
  • Stopchildporno.be, the Belgian hotline

With the creative help of communication firm Wunderman, Belgian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) Child Focus continues its fight against child sexual abuse material (CSAM) through its hotline stopchildporno.be.

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Parents, sharing is not always caring!

  • Awareness
  • 16/01/2019
  • Estonian Safer Internet Centre

Andra Siibak, Professor of Media Studies at the University of Tartu, presents the result of a recent study on parents who (over)post about their children on social media – not always with the child's consent – and the consequences it can have on the parent-child relation.

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Smart device security: My possessions in the information age

  • Awareness
  • 14/01/2019
  • Estonian Safer Internet Centre

Veiko Hani, training provider at Eduring, deconstructs the commonly-accepted notion that a smart device is not really valuable, and that losing it is not very damageable, to increase awareness about the paramount importance of online safety and data protection.

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10 ways to get involved in Safer Internet Day 2019

  • Awareness
  • 10/01/2019
  • Irish Safer Internet Centre

Safer Internet Day 2019 is fast approaching. The Irish Safer Internet Centre (SIC) suggests some easy ways to get involved and promote this important topic in your school, club or community.

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Latvia – "Wify's Game" on online safety and media literacy

  • Awareness
  • 04/01/2019
  • Latvian Safer Internet Centre

As part of the social campaign "Superheroes on the internet", the Latvian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) (Drossinternets.lv) has developed and issued "Wify's Game", which is the first board game presented to Latvian schools that covers many aspects of using the internet safely and smartly. "Wify's Game" is issued in 3,000 copies and is available to Latvian schools for free.

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Screen time do's and don'ts

  • Awareness
  • 03/01/2019
  • Maltese Safer Internet Centre

Screen time has, since the inception of television, been cited by parents and educators as being an issue among children and youth. The proliferation of tablets and smartphones seems to have rekindled such worries, particularly in view of the fact that unlike TVs, these powerful devices are portable. The situation is further exasperated by the myriad of activities available through such devices such as; socialising, particularly through social networking sites and messaging services as well as  entertainment through media streaming and games.

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"Superheroes on the internet" campaign

  • Awareness
  • 02/01/2019
  • Latvian Safer Internet Centre

The Latvian "Superheroes on the internet" campaign was dedicated to media literacy and children's safety on the internet. As part of it, seminars for teachers and primary schools were organised in five Latvian cities and towns to help them acquire five "super abilities" that enable safe, responsible and meaningful use of the internet.

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Safer Internet Ambassadors Programme in Latvia

  • Awareness
  • 28/12/2018
  • Latvian Safer Internet Centre

Since August 2017, the Latvian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) implements the Safer Internet Ambassadors Programme to educate and inform children, parents and teachers in Latvia's regions about the internet safety more efficiently. 32 Safer Internet Ambassadors are taking an active part in this programme all over Latvia. 

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