In May 2022, the European Commission adopted a new European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+), to improve age-appropriate digital services and to ensure that every child is protected, empowered and respected online. Ten years after the first BIK strategy, BIK+ wants to spotlight the voices and opinions of European youth.
Industry partners are key stakeholders in the Better Internet for Kids agenda, working with the European Commission and Safer Internet Centres across Europe to ensure that products and services are safer by design, and that appropriate measures and responses can be given to any issues identified.
Many industry partners also develop awareness-raising campaigns and materials.
On this page, you'll find a selection of articles corresponding to the work of industry in contributing to a safer and better internet.
On 21-22 June 2022, the Digital Assembly took place in Toulouse, France. The Digital Assembly is an annual event hosted jointly by the European Commission and the holder of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). It is a key forum for members of the European digital ecosystem to gather and discuss important issues. This year’s two-day conference included workshops, panel discussions and plenary sessions focusing on issues related to EU sovereignty and autonomy. In particular, a workshop on day one focused on the newly adopted European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+). BIK Youth Ambassadors Sina and Dimitris were there to share their views.
Sitting behind INHOPE’s annual review are the various processes taken to ensure that it represents the amazing work of the network’s 50 hotlines in 46 countries which work to combat child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online.
The Insafe network of helplines collects data about the types of calls received and this is analysed every three months to look at trends, and new and emerging issues.
Today, 15 June 2022, the Insafe network of European Safer Internet Centres (SICs) begins a two-day training meeting online. It provides an opportunity to facilitate sharing of experience and good practice between network countries, and to explore areas of common ground and occasions for closer working between awareness raising, helpline, and youth participation strands.
SIC+ programme: a collaboration between the network of European Safer Internet Centres and like-minded organisations around the world
In 2020, the SIC+ programme made its official debut, broadening the European network of Safer Internet Centres with countries from across the globe. This article outlines the nature and activities of the SIC+ programme that aims, through cooperation by its members, to make the internet a safer and better space for everyone.
Today, the European Commission has adopted a new European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+), with the aim to improve age-appropriate digital services and to ensure that every child is protected, empowered and respected online. This new strategy comes ten years after the first BIK strategy, and during the European Year of Youth, spotlighting the voices and ideas of young people themselves.
The culture and environment, the medium of communication and how we perceive certain words and tones are all factors that contribute to how we consume content. These factors and more impact how a reader will react to a news report. It is therefore important that journalists and publications alike apply guidelines when reporting on sensitive topics, such as child sexual abuse and exploitation, to ensure that the story being told is not also influenced by subjective factors.
The Insafe network of helplines collects data about the types of calls received and this is analysed every three months to look at trends, and new and emerging issues. The most recent helpline data covers the period from October to December 2021. This reporting period saw over 19,000 contacts made to the helpline network (a considerable rise on the previous reporting period) and continued the overall upward trend in numbers of people reaching out to helplines. There were over 67,000 contacts made to Insafe helplines during 2021 – the busiest year ever, which underlines the importance of the services they offer.
20 March marks the International Day of Happiness. This day has been founded by the United Nations (UN) and is celebrated to raise awareness of the fact that progress is not only about increasing earnings or encouraging economic growth, but also ensuring well-being and human happiness.
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