Better Internet for Kids Policy Monitor

The Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Policy Monitor (previously the BIK Policy Map) has been tracking how European countries support children’s and young people’s digital experiences since 2014. Since its launch a decade ago, the main objective of this series has been to compare and exchange knowledge on policies and actions that promote children's safety and well-being in the digital environment based on the recommended measures of the European Strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (the BIK strategy). Along with changes in the digital environment, the strategy has also evolved and was relaunched as the BIK+ strategy in May 2022. In May 2024, as BIK+ celebrates its second anniversary, the fifth report of this series is released to mark this important milestone.

In this 2024 edition, the BIK Policy Monitor Report assesses the state of digital policies against the background of significant changes in the legislative and regulatory landscape. The report highlights progress as well as gaps in BIK+ policies, details actions taken under the BIK+ framework, and showcases the BIK+ strategy in practice across all 27 EU Member States, Iceland, and Norway. In doing so, this high-level comparative report constitutes one of the four annually updated key features informing the policy work at the EU and national levels that will be launched in the context of the new Better Internet for Kids Knowledge Hub in the second half of 2024. All of these outputs process and make available the contributions and data collected with the support of a network of national contacts, comprising representatives of the Expert Group on Safer Internet for Children and Safer Internet Centres in the Member States.

Two years after the adoption of the BIK+ strategy, fostering a better and safer internet for children is an important policy priority in nearly all European countries. National legislation and policies have been found to extensively address online safety and digital protection, digital empowerment, and active participation – the priority pillars of the BIK+ strategy.

Read the full publication - The Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Policy Monitor Report 2024 - here.

Note on previous editions:
The first report was published in 2014, while a second report was published in March 2018 to review progress made. A third iteration, published in November 2020, examined the further implementation of the BIK Strategy in 30 European countries, including all EU Member States, Iceland, Norway and the United Kingdom. The fourth report of the series was released in celebration of the one-year anniversary of the BIK+ strategy in May 2023. It constituted the first BIK Policy Map to report on developments in the 27 EU Member States, Iceland and Norway, since the adoption of the new BIK+ strategy.