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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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You are what you like? The influence of online algorithms

Have you noticed that when you go online or login to social media you are presented with content, news, articles or ads that somehow know the things that you are interested in? It makes sense that you will see updates from people or organisations that you follow, but what may be less obvious are the algorithms (complex mathematical formulas) working in the background which determine what content is presented in your newsfeed or search results. 

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Myth v Reality – The Full Picture

Social media is a fantastic way to connect and share with others. One of the great things about social media is we can decide what photos, posts, videos we share and as a result, many of us present an idealistic version of ourselves. It’s a great way of sharing parts of our lives with others – posting images and captions that we want others to see. But we are less likely to share the parts we don’t want others to see, or possibly think they wouldn’t be interested in. While social media has many benefits, it can be a place where we feel pressure to live up to certain standards, or which can instill self-doubt when we see images or the lifestyles of others.

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Discover more about our work, the ways in which we can help you, and the ways in which you can get involved.

If you're struggling with an issue online, or just want some tips on managing your digital life, you are not alone. Insafe helplines operate in all European countries and can provide you with free, impartial help, guidance and support, via a variety of contact methods. Many helplines operate an anonymous service too.

Find a helpline in your country

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.

Visit the BIK Youth minisite

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.