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Children and young people are at the heart of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) agenda, in which the European Commission (EC), Safer Internet Centres (SICs) across Europe, and other stakeholders work together to ensure that every young European has access to a digital environment where they feel safe and empowered to explore the multitude of opportunities offered, and know where to seek support if needed. Read on to discover more.

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Study in Latvia finds that parents play an important role in helping children to spot fake news

Only every third teenager in Latvia checks information before trusting and sharing it on the internet. More than half (57 per cent) admit they haven't learned at school how to analyse information and how to make sure the information is true. Of those who have acquired this skill at school, 49 per cent say that the information and knowledge gained has not been sufficient. 

The impact of media on young people

Parents of children aged 0 to 6 have started to think more positively about the effect of media on their child, as compared to previous years. For example, a large majority now believe that media can help their child with language development and math skills, among other things. Parents also see media as a tool to keep the child occupied when they do not have the time themselves, or as a sweetener when the child is bored. In contrast, parents are less positive about the effect of media in relation to online education. More than a quarter of parents of 5-6-year-olds indicate that their child’s performance in school has suffered as a result of online education. All this is apparent from the Iene Miene Media survey 2021 that was presented during the start of the ‘Media Ukkie’ Days (26 March to 2 April 2021). 

Children need help in cyberspace

Each generation is spending more and more time behind computers, and screens are now a part of daily life. The current generation of children are using smart devices for leisure as well as for schoolwork and socialising; therefore it’s important to pay attention to the things they are doing online. Catlyn Kirna, CGI cybersecurity expert in Estonia, provides an overview of the main concerns regarding children being online, and what can be done to help them. 

Irish Safer Internet Centre raises awareness of new Coco’s Law

Webwise, the Irish Safer Internet Centre, has developed a range of new resources to raise awareness of the Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Bill (Coco’s Law) which was recently introduced in Ireland. Coco’s Law has criminalised the non-consensual distribution of intimate images. 

Mum, Dad, do you have to take another photo of me? And post it online?

Holidays are a time when we can relax, far away from the stresses of everyday life. Parents and children enjoy wonderful moments together – and we naturally want to hold on to these memories. In a matter of clicks, a couple of photos are taken and – thanks to technical possibilities – are posted directly onto social networks. Not only teenagers, but also parents are doing this more and more frequently. 

Challenge 2021 All Inclusive

In 2021, six projects received an incentive contribution to help realise a media literacy initiative with which they are able to increase and/or promote inclusivity. From co-creation with students to inclusive design of AI (artificial intelligence), the six initiatives each focus in their own way on inclusive design, inclusive reach or inclusive media. Read on to discover more. 

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Youth participation activities are at the heart of Better Internet for Kids (BIK) activities. Using co-creation methods, young people work together and with other stakeholders to develop online safety guidance, learning and campaign materials, and contribute to decision-making processes to help create a better internet.

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