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For over two decades, the European Union has played an important role in promoting a safer and better internet through a range of legal measures, funding programmes and self-regulatory initiatives. There are huge benefits to be gained from being online and the European Commission's digital strategy is seeking to ensure that everyone is able to contribute to, and benefit from, the digital economy and society. The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the view that digital technology can empower children and young people to find information, communicate, socialise, learn and play, often in ways that are not possible to the same extent in their non-digital lives. Yet there is growing awareness and concern that online tools and services are often not designed with the best interests of children and young people in mind, and those with diverse disabilities can be especially impacted.
 
This year's edition of Safer Internet Forum (SIF) took place online with the theme of "Digital (dis)advantage: creating an inclusive world for children and young people online", with side events on the preceding and following days. Find information from the event below:
 
Download the Forum booklet, containing the agenda and information on the speakers and contributors

New: Download the report on the proceedings of Safer Internet Forum 2020 

 Tuesday, 24 November 2020
Side event 1: A focus on BIK Youth
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Wednesday, 25 November 2020
The main event: Digital (dis)advantage: creating an inclusive world for children and young people online
View the session recording
Download the presentation from Professor Laura Lundy
Access the report - Two Clicks Forward and One Click Back:
Report on children with disabilities in the digital environment


Deep dive session 1: Public and private solutions
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Download the presentation from Stine Storm, The Lego Foundation

Thursday, 26 November 2020
Deep dive session 2: Online safety resource creation
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Download the presentation from Andreea Hurezeanu, Save the Children Romania
Download the presentation from Inne Cornu, Child Focus Belgium

Deep dive session 3: Inclusive education
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Friday, 27 November 2020
Side event 2: A focus on the EU Strategy for a more effective fight against child sexual abuse
This session was conducted under Chatham House Rule and hence a session recording is not available
Access the EU Strategy for a more effective fight against child sexual abuse
For more information please see the INHOPE website, or contact INHOPE direct

Side event 3: A focus on BIK policy
View the session recording
Access the latest BIK Policy Map report

See how the event played out on social media using #SIF2020 and #SaferInternetForum

See also a blog article by Khalil Rouhana, Deputy Director-General of DG CONNECT at the European Commission
 
Safer Internet Forum (SIF) 2020 was organised by European Schoolnet on behalf of the European Commission in the framework of the EC's Better Internet for Kids Strategy with funding provided by the Connecting Europe Facility programme (CEF). In case of queries, please contact the Safer Internet Forum Secretariat.