Is everyone able to report child sexual abuse material (CSAM) they might encounter on the internet? The answer is no. This question often disturbs people or unbalances them, because they cannot believe that people record and distribute the sexual abuse of children. By reducing the supply of CSAM, we reduce demand, as well as access to this content. And network expansion is how we can address the many parts of the world that do not yet offer public reporting.
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.
As 2021 – yet another year full of uncertainty – comes to an end, Better Internet for Kids recaps on the past year and reflects on the main highlights and activities of 2021, while introducing several exciting events and activities to look forward to in 2022.
Monday, 6 December 2021 marks the start of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), taking place in a hybrid format in Katowice, Poland and online. This year, an Insafe delegation will host two workshops: one looking at gender-based issues relating to online violence or abuse, and one discussing the overarching challenge of the digital divide.
In less than two weeks, on the 29 and 30 November 2021, the first KID_ACTIONS EU policy, Research and Practitioners Forum will take place in Trento, Italy. Educators, researchers, youth workers, professors, people from the IT sector and many more, will travel to Trento to take part in this forum on-site or will join the forum online. The different stakeholders will gather to discuss the important matter of preventing and responding to cyberbullying. Make sure to join this event if you are interested in or working (indirectly) on the topic of cyberbullying.
How to make Europe’s Digital Decade fit for children and young people? A report from the consultation with children and young people
The European Commission aspires to put children’s participation at the heart of EU policies and initiatives while ensuring that children in vulnerable situations also have their voices heard.
The UK Safer Internet Centre (SIC) are delighted to announce that Safer Internet Day (SID) 2021 has received further recognition after being shortlisted for two prestigious awards. Safer Internet Day 2021 was the most successful ever, with more than half of UK children aged between 8 and 17 hearing about the day, while 38 per cent of UK parents and carers were also aware of the celebrations on 9 February 2021.
Teenagers and adults in 18 countries said perceptions of online civility have deteriorated one year into the global pandemic, with respondents in Poland, Philippines, Italy, Germany and Hungary reporting the sharpest net-negative sentiment, new Microsoft research shows.
The Italian Data Protection Authority (DPA) and Telefono Azzurro (the helpline component of the Italian Safer Internet Centre (SIC)) are working together to protect children’s rights in the digital environment with a new awareness-raising campaign aimed at highlighting minimum age requirements for use of social networking sites.
Online fraud, hate speech, discrimination and other divisive online risks are on the rise globally, according to results of a new Microsoft study. These findings were released in conjunction with World Kindness Day in an effort to turn that tide and encourage safer, more empathetic and tolerant online interactions among all people.
In recent months, digital technologies have been at the heart of the response to the coronavirus pandemic, enabling billions of people from a variety of generations or backgrounds to carry on with their daily lives and therefore to maintain – to some extent – a sense of normality throughout the crisis, whether to stay in touch with loved ones, to continue working, studying, creating and learning, or to participate in public debate, among other things.
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