To mark Safer Internet Day (SID) 2021, the Greek Safer Internet Centre released new research findings highlighting parents’ concerns with regards to restoring the balance between their children’s offline and online lives and their anxieties related to potential future addictive behaviours by children.
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.
Since 2010, BEE SECURE, the Luxembourg Safer Internet Centre, has been promoting a safer, more responsible, and more positive use of digital technology among the general public.
During the lockdown, the Dutch Safer Internet Centre was asked to cooperate on a special resource package for children and families with the Bureau Jeugd en Media, experts on digital education, and the designers of Be Internet Awesome at Google, which was produced in print format.
The Dutch Safer Internet Centre created a podcast together with the Dutch Library Platform on how books can contribute to children’s online safety.
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.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is not yet working optimally when it comes to protecting the privacy of children. Of the 28,000 complaints received by the Dutch Data Protection Authority, only 1 per cent concerned the violation of the privacy of a minor user. This while children represent a third of the online user group. The Dutch Safer Internet Centre and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) cooperated on a podcast on this theme.
The Better Internet for Kids (BIK) review of the year 2020 is released on the occasion of Safer Internet Day (SID) 2021, Tuesday, 9 February. It provides a summary of a multitude of stakeholder efforts to protect children and young people online over the past year.
In the summer 2020, Tallinn University of Technology organised a cybersecurity competition called KüberPuuring, for students from the seventh to twelfth grades, as well as for vocational students.
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).
The Romanian Safer Internet Centre recently launched the country’s first online course on online safety for teachers and other professionals working with children. In the present article, they reflect on the reasons why they developed it in the first place, and what it consists of.
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