AWARENESS

Within the Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs), National Awareness Centres (NACs) focus on raising awareness and understanding of safer internet issues and emerging trends.

They run campaigns to empower children, young people, parents, carers and teachers with the skills, knowledge and strategies to stay safe online and take advantage of the opportunities that the internet and mobile technologies provide.

The network also works extensively with other stakeholders, such as the research community, industry and other NGOs, to extend the reach of key messages and awareness-raising actions.

On this page, you'll find a selection of articles corresponding to awareness-raising work.

To find contact details for your National Awareness Centre, visit your Safer Internet Centre profile page.

New Greek survey highlights importance of educating parents to children's internet uses

  • Awareness
  • 19/07/2019
  • Greek Safer Internet Centre

The Greek Safer Internet Centre (SIC) SaferInternet4Kids carried out a survey among 14,000 students aged 10-17 concerning children and teenagers' online behaviours in Greece, and presents some of the main findings below.

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Portuguese initiative INCoDe.2030 presented at EuroDIG 2019

  • Awareness
  • 15/07/2019
  • Portuguese Safer Internet Centre

In June 2019, in the Hague, Netherlands, the Portuguese Safer Internet Centre (PT SIC) was invited to participate in the EuroDIG 2019 workshop "Transforming skills to meet innovation challenges".

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Increased focus on fighting illegal online content in Latvia

  • Awareness
  • 03/07/2019
  • Latvian Safer Internet Centre

In 2019, the number of reports concerning child sexual abuse material (CSAM) received by the hotline of the Latvian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) Drossinternets.lv has grown rapidly.

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Looking back on the June 2019 Insafe Training Meeting

  • Awareness
  • 02/07/2019
  • Portuguese Safer Internet Centre

The Portuguese Safer Internet Centre (SIC) participated in the latest Insafe Training Meeting, held in Crete, Greece, from Wednesday, 12 to Friday, 14 June 2019.

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Latvia: 16,000 young people take part in "Challenge your grey cells!"

  • Awareness
  • 01/07/2019
  • Latvian Safer Internet Centre

Launched in January 2019 by the Latvian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) Drossinternets.lv, the competition "Challenge your grey cells!" was the second large-scale knowledge test for pupils based on solving practical tasks.

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The GDPR child's age of consent for data processing across the EU – one year later (July 2019)

  • Awareness
  • 01/07/2019
  • Ingrida Milkaite and Eva Lievens, Ghent University

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entered into force more than a year ago, on 25 May 2018, yet our monitoring exercise concerning the implementation of article 8 GDPR is still ongoing with 2 Member States of the EU left to (formally) adopt their national implementation laws. 

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Advice for schools on responding to online challenges

  • Awareness
  • 28/06/2019
  • UK Safer Internet Centre

Online challenges and crazes have become a key trend to be aware of when supporting and educating young people about how to stay safe online. Challenges come in many forms and can involve upsetting, harmful or viral content. Over the last few years we have seen a range of online challenges. Some, such as the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge and the No Makeup Selfie, can promote and raise money for great causes. However, other challenges such as "pain challenges", and "Neck Nominate" videos can harm young people and adults who take part. It is important that – whether a challenge is rumoured or real – educators have the tools they need and are ready to deal with such challenges and are able to support young people.

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BIK bulletin - June 2019: Dangerous online challenges

In each edition of the BIK bulletin, we look at a topical issue – in the June 2019 edition, we look at online challenges from the perspectives of various stakeholders. Geert Reynders, who lost his son Tim to a dangerous online challenge, shares his views on the issue and on how different actors can play their part in ensuring young people remain safe online. His perspective is complemented with that of the European network of Safer Internet Centres, young people, educators, researchers and industry.

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But isn't that dangerous? Most probably! An opinion piece by BIK Youth Ambassadors

What's the difference between a rational adult and a teenager? Nowadays, the answer may lie within one's reaction to being challenged with eating dish soap or spraying aerosol gasses into a lighter flame while indoors. This article aims to capture the youth angle on the issue of viral online challenges and the motives behind the seemingly irrational behaviours of many young people across the globe. To this end, we have interviewed three Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Youth Ambassadors. The valuable insights and observations they provided established the basis of this article, and shed light on how young people see this new trend of online challenges.

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Better Internet for Kids (BIK) bulletin

The Better Internet for Kids (BIK) bulletin is a quarterly electronic newsletter with the aim of keeping you informed on better internet issues.

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