Cyberbullying does not always start as an intentionally harmful act. At times, it can start as a joke, with someone taking a picture of their peer and sharing it on social networks without permission, and without realising it can indeed be hurtful. Sometimes, teasing could just arise out of boredom, but then turn into a more serious matter.
Creating a safer connected world: Parents and carers
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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 (BIK) agenda, the European Commission (EC), Safer Internet Centres (SICs) 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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Last month, the FSM - Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Multimedia-Diensteanbieter e. V. presented its report on the protection of minors from harmful media for the second time after five years. Kathrin from Germany, a longstanding BIK Youth Ambassador was invited to contribute to the panel discussion on the report’s results.
To contribute to the fight against hate speech, BEE SECURE, the Luxembourgish Safer Internet Centre has started a new campaign. The campaign called #NOHATEONLINE promotes more mutual respect on the internet and the prevention of hate speech. The campaign also aims to provide information about freedom of expression and legal boundaries.
PDST Technology in Education together with Webwise has developed two new online courses for all teachers and school leaders in Ireland, to help them understand, prevent, and respond to cyberbullying.
In recent months, the BEE SECURE Helpline has observed an increase in cases of sextortion, particularly involving young internet users. Sexual extortion, also known as sextortion, is a form of blackmail using sexually explicit material, such as private/intimate photos, videos).
Every year on 20 November, World Children’s Day is celebrated. The day is UNICEF's annual day of action for children, by children.
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