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2024-05-17 media literacy/education BIK Team

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is celebrated annually on 17 May to highlight the importance of information and communication technology (ICT) in our lives and promote its positive impact on global societies. This day marks the anniversary of the founding of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865. This year, the theme is digital innovation for sustainable development.

2024-05-16 media literacy/education, technical settings BIK Team

Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Today, 16 May 2024, we're celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)! GAAD is an awareness day focusing on digital access and inclusion for the more than one billion people alive today who live with disabilities or impairments. It is marked annually on the third Thursday of May. The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion.

2024-05-15 media literacy/education BIK Team

International Day of Families: celebrating families and addressing climate change

Today, the world comes together to celebrate the International Day of Families. The day is an initiative from the United Nations (UN) that highlights the importance of families and promotes awareness of issues related to them globally. This year, the theme, "Families and Climate Change," focuses on the crucial role families play in climate change and promotes sustainable practices. 

2024-05-14 media literacy/education Romanian Safer Internet Centre

Online safety education in schools 

Joining the Ora de Net Volunteer Programme opens doors to meaningful opportunities for educators across various domains, whether in formal education, alternative education settings, or non-formal methods. The programme offers a platform to engage authentically with children and young people, providing relevant educational resources to facilitate constructive interactions.  

2024-05-11 data privacy, media literacy/education, potentially harmful content BIK Team

BIK Policy Monitor Report 2024 published

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).

2024-05-11 advertising/commercialism, media literacy/education, potentially harmful content, technical settings BIK Team

New launch: BIK age assurance self-assessment tool for digital service providers

The internet offers children and young people many empowering opportunities for personal growth, learning, and social exchange. However, along with these great benefits can come certain risks, including children facing content or services that may be harmful to them.

2024-05-10 media literacy/education Romanian Safer Internet Centre

Understanding children and adolescent social media usage

Children and adolescents are deeply influenced by their interactions on social networks. A recent study highlights how these platforms shape their values, interests, and aspirations, from self-reflection to exploring career options and following favourite public figures. However, clear guidelines for social media usage must be set amidst this digital immersion. Engaging children in discussions about online safety and spending quality time with them helps them to navigate social networks responsibly and effectively. 

2024-05-09 media literacy/education BIK Team

Let us celebrate together #EuropeDay 2024

Every year on May 9, the European Union and its citizens come together to celebrate Europe Day. It is a moment to reflect on the continent's shared values, achievements, and aspirations. Europe Day holds particular significance in 2024, as it marks yet another milestone in the journey of European integration and cooperation.

2024-05-09 media literacy/education Romanian Safer Internet Centre

A comprehensive guide to safe internet practices for teachers

As technology advances, so do the associated risks. Therefore, the Romanian Safer Internet Centre suggests browsing the Safer Internet Use Guide developed within their project. It covers a wide range of topics, from preventing cyberbullying and internet risks to aspects related to well-being in the virtual environment. It provides clear information, school activity plans, and discussion topics for parent meetings, helping to solidify the content.  

2024-05-03 media literacy/education, sexting Romanian Safer Internet Centre

Understanding sexting and empowering youth through parental guidance

As adolescents navigate the vast online landscape, they encounter various risks, with sexting emerging as a particularly prevalent concern. Sexting, the practice of sharing explicit messages or images via digital platforms, poses profound threats to the emotional, psychological, and even legal welfare of young individuals. By shedding light on the inherent dangers and consequences of sexting, the Romanian Safer Internet Centre aims to empower parents to initiate meaningful conversations and equip their children with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the digital realm safely and respectfully. 

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