Creating a safer connected world: Parents and carers

Are you a parent or carer?

Parents and carers are often in the best position to influence, support, educate and protect their children, both offline and online. Through the Better Internet for Kids agenda, the European Commission, Safer Internet Centres and other stakeholders strive to support parents and carers in this role, ensuring children and young people use the internet in a responsible, respectful, critical and creative way. Read on to discover more.

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What is it like to be a small child surrounded by media?

In the current age, small children are born into a world full of media. This is why media education should be considered early on in families, preferably before the child is born. How is media and different devices part of our everyday lives? How is our family’s digital wellbeing? How to mind the baby or the toddler while using media yourself? Rauna Rahja, Planner at the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare, reflects on this question, and on what the Finnish Safer Internet Centre is doing in this regard.

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Conferences for parents on the main risks encountered by children online during the pandemic

More than half (54.7 per cent) of children consider the excessive use of digital technologies a major risk encountered during the pandemic, according to the study "Impact of COVID-19 on children in Romania", conducted on a sample of 5,000 children. Other risks identified in the analysis of Save the Children Romania, the Romanian Safer Internet Centre, include false information (39.5 per cent) and cyberbullying (25.8 per cent).

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Useful content for parents and carers

A good way for parents and carers to support their children in their digital lives is to stay aware of the issues and challenges of being online. Find some highlights below, or browse the site for more.

Browse our selection of guides on topical online safety issues - from cyberbullying to online reputation, and online challenges to sexting, find out what you need to know.

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Our guide to apps aims to provide key information about some of the most popular apps, social networking sites and other platforms which are commonly being used by children and young people (and adults) today.

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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.