Creating a safer connected world: Research and policy

Research and policy

Through the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) agenda, the European Commission (EC), Safer Internet Centres (SICs) and other stakeholders regularly engage with partners from the fields of research and policy to strengthen the evidence base on children and young people’s online safety and protect, promote and advance their rights in the digital environment. Read on to discover more.

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Launch of the Roadshow "ZIGZAGA na NET - Navegar a Cores" for Safer Internet Day 2024

The Safer Internet Day celebrations, which took place from 6 to 8 February in Viseu, Portugal, were marked by the launch of an innovative digital awareness resource: the colouring book "ZIGZAGA na NET - Navegar a Cores". The book was developed with the aim of promoting children's digital literacy and is based on "ZigZaga na Net. Novas aventuras", in turn inspired by the stories of the second season of the ZigZaga podcast.

GILM's multistakeholder model for media literacy in Portugal: GILM’s Next Steps

GILM (the Informal Group on Media Literacy) was represented at the “Media Literacy Matters Conference” in Brussels, by Sofia Rasgado (SIC - Safer Internet Centre) and Fernanda Bonacho (ESCS - School of Communication and Media Studies) who presented the Portuguese Multistakeholder approach for Media Literacy, with a particular focus on the next steps that this informal group on media literacy is ready to take.

Ensuring digital well-being for adolescents

In today's rapidly advancing digital age, discussions surrounding digital well-being have become increasingly important, especially when considering its impact on adolescents and young people who are considered digital natives. The concept of digital well-being revolves around understanding and promoting positive mental health outcomes in the context of digital technologies and services that are commonly used by individuals of all ages.  

Cyberbullying in the digital age

In today's digital age, navigating the online world comes with challenges, especially for children and adolescents. Cyberbullying has emerged as a significant concern, impacting young individuals' mental health and well-being. Initiatives like the Ora de Net project aim to provide comprehensive support and education to children, parents, and education professionals to recognise the importance of addressing these issues. 

Latest helpline trends: Quarter 1, 2024

The Insafe network of helplines collects data about the types of calls received, which is analysed every three months to examine possible trends and emerging issues. The most recent helpline data covers the period from January to March 2024. This quarter, more than 16,500 contacts were made to the helpline network. 

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Useful content on research and policy

Find out more about how research and policy is helping to create a better internet for children and young people.

The annual Safer Internet Forum brings together young people, parent and teacher representatives, industry and government policymakers, technological and awareness-raising experts, and political, educational and social leaders from Europe and beyond. The last edition took place on 27 October 2022 in a hybrid format.

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The Better Internet for Kids Policy Map was created to compare and exchange knowledge on policy making and implementation in EU Member States on the themes and recommendations of the European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children.

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The time children and young people spend online has increased significantly, giving them access to unprecedented opportunities but also exposing them to new risks. To address this new reality, the European Commission is funding four Horizon 2020 projects.

Read more about the Horizon 2020 projects

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.