On Wednesday, 15 September 2021, we celebrate the International Day of Democracy, a United Nations observance providing an opportunity to reflect on and review the state of democracy around the world.
Within the European network of Safer Internet Centres, national awareness centres 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.
As with many activities, the year 2020 shaped and – above all –changed our Saferinternet.at Youth Panel, operated as part of the Austrian Safer Internet Centre (SIC). Instead of inviting young people to our offices and discussing current topics together face to face, we spent many hours together online.
On 1 June 2021, marked as International Child Protection Day for many countries, Latvia’s first digital obstacle trail was opened in a nature park “Tērvetes dabas parks” in partnership with the Latvian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) (Drossinternets.lv), the European Commission Representation in Latvia, JSC “Latvijas valsts meži” (Latvia’s State Forests), and the educational platform “E-klase.lv”.
Today, 8 September 2021, we celebrate International Literacy Day. This observance originates in 1966 and was declared by UNESCO. Every year, it reminds the international community of the importance of literacy for both communities and individuals, and the need to intensify global efforts towards more literate societies.
The Kanner-Jugendtelefon (in English, children and youth telephone), part of the Luxembourg Safer Internet Centre (SIC) and now available under the international number 116111, was founded in 1992. Over the years, the service has adapted its offer to meet the needs of children and young people in the country, and it has recently changed its name to reflect its evolving nature.
The annual UK Schools’ Online Safety Policy and Practice report looking at trends around online safety over the last year has been released. The report takes data from the 360 Degree Safe tool which covers schools and colleges in England, and analyses where their strengths and weaknesses lie when it comes to online safety.
UK Safer Internet Centre (SIC) partners, South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL), are pleased to announce that the long-anticipated Knowledge Map feature for ProjectEVOLVE has now officially launched for school years 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 10. ProjectEVOLVE resources each of the 330 statements from UK Council for Internet Safety's (UKCIS) framework “Education for a Connected World” with perspectives; research; activities; outcomes; supporting resources and professional development materials.
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.
Susie Hargreaves OBE, Chief Executive of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre (SIC), looks back on the impact Safer Internet Day (SID) had, and looks forward to a safer internet in 2022.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, teenagers spent a lot of time on the internet, and especially on social networks. In doing so, they likely came across posts from peers, influencers, and complete strangers showing idealised images of their lives and bodies. Such posts can have a negative impact on teenagers and their self-esteem. The situation among young people has especially worsened during the pandemic, as noted by Slovenian Helpline Tom telefon and Slovenian Awareness Centre Safe.si.
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