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.

2022-09-26 cyberbullying, love, relationships, sexuality (online), media literacy/education, potentially harmful content BIK Team

Latest helpline trends: Quarter 2, 2022

The Insafe network of helplines collects data about the types of calls received and this is analysed every three months to look at trends, and new and emerging issues.

2022-09-16 grooming, love, relationships, sexuality (online), media literacy/education, potentially harmful content, sexting BIK Team

Fighting child sexual abuse: Commission proposes new rules to protect children

Child sexual abuse and its spread online is a big problem, and its scale is intensifying. In 2021, there were 85 million photos and videos reported worldwide that depicted child sexual abuse and many more go unreported. The European Commission acknowledges the importance and urgency of addressing child sexual abuse and announced a dedicated proposal in May 2022. 

2022-09-15 media literacy/education BIK Team

Celebrating International Day of Democracy 2022

Today, 15 September, we celebrate every year the International Day of Democracy. The day is a United Nations (UN) observance providing an opportunity to reflect on and review the state of democracy around the world. 

2022-09-08 media literacy/education BIK Team

International Literacy Day 2022

This year’s International Literacy Day will be celebrated worldwide under the theme Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces, and will serve as an opportunity to rethink the fundamental importance of literacy learning spaces to build resilience and ensure quality, equitable, and inclusive education for all.

2022-09-07 gaming, media literacy/education Dr Valerie Verdoodt (Ghent University)

How to address consumer risks for children on social media and in gaming

A Roundtable on child and youth consumer protection in digital markets will take place online on Thursday, 22 September. Hosted by European Schoolnet as part of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) initiative on behalf of DG CONNECT and DG JUST of the European Commission, the event will seek to consider the main online opportunities and risks for children and young people as consumers, and how child and youth protection in digital markets are being addressed through existing and planned regulation.  

2022-09-05 media literacy/education BIK Team

Get ready for the Positive Online Content awareness month

It’s September, which means it’s time to go #BackToSchool for many pupils all around the world. There’s no better way to prepare for the return to school desks again than by joining in activities as part of the Positive Online Content Campaign (POCC) awareness month and be reminded of the importance of safe, playful, reliable online content for children.   

2022-08-24 cyberbullying, excessive use, love, relationships, sexuality (online), media literacy/education Slovenian Safer Internet Centre

New Slovenian study shows that content on social networks has a strong influence on the well-being of young people

On the internet, adolescents are exposed to unrealistic beauty standards, idealised and sexualised images of people and their lifestyles. Failure to live up to such beauty standards imposed by unattainable and often graphically altered pictures online can have a negative impact on the well-being and mental health of young people, according to a new study conducted by the Slovenian Safer Internet Centre.  

2022-08-22 media literacy/education Portuguese Safer Internet Centre

Five European organisations join forces to develop a programme to help reduce school dropout rates

Five European organisations have launched a project, called ENDING (ICT & Early School Leaving. Developing a New Methodology to Empower Children in Digital WellbeIng and Critical ThiNkinG), to help reduce early school dropouts. Various studies have identified that addiction to and misuse of technology are among the factors that lead to early school leaving. 

2022-08-18 love, relationships, sexuality (online), media literacy/education, potentially harmful content Portuguese Safer Internet Centre

Iberian-insular Young Informants meet to share good practices and discuss online safety topics

From 26 to 30 June 2022, a group of about 200 young volunteers (Young Informants) in information and awareness raising initiatives from Portugal and Spain met in Mollina, Spain to share good practices and discuss different online safety issues related to their volunteer activities.

2022-08-16 gaming, media literacy/education, potentially harmful content Office of the eSafety Commissioner, the Australian Safer Internet Day Committee

Celebrating Safer Internet Day 2022 in Australia with eSafety

On Tuesday, 8 February 2022, we celebrated the 19th edition of Safer Internet Day (SID) across the globe, including in Australia. The Australian Office of the eSafety Commissioner, in its role of Safer Internet Day Committee for Australia, shares the main insights of the events that took place to celebrate the day. 

Want to find out more about Safer Internet Centre (SIC) services and resources in your country?

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