Awareness

 

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.

2024-02-20 media literacy/education Portuguese Safer Internet Centre

Navigating safely: programme review 2023

At the beginning of February, we issued our Naveg@s 2023 Report, and we are pleased with the results obtained. Our programme volunteers deserve congratulations!  

2024-02-14 data privacy, media literacy/education Greek Safer Internet Centre

Safer Internet Day 2024: Artificial Intelligence (AI) risks and opportunities for children and young people

To mark Safer Internet Day 2024, the Greek Safer Internet Centre draws attention to the dangers of using emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), especially by underage users. Cases have already become known where minors, using AI applications, have altered photographs of underage girls and started to share them 'for fun', as they said afterwards. Today, the majority of the 'deepfake' material circulating on the internet is non-consensual pornography. In other words, videos of pornographic material appear where the face has been replaced. Usually, the victims are celebrities, but anyone can become a victim. The whole issue raises great concerns about privacy on the Internet, and unfortunately, it can turn any individual into a potential victim, regardless of their gender. Parents and teachers must talk to children and adolescents about the consequences of this practice. 

2024-02-09 cyberbullying, love, relationships, sexuality (online), media literacy/education BIK Team

Safer Internet Day 2024: joining together for a better internet all around the world

On Tuesday, 6 February 2024, we celebrated the 21st edition of Safer Internet Day (SID), with events and activities taking place right across the globe. With a theme, once again, of “Together for a better internet”, the day called upon all stakeholders to join together to make the internet a safer and better place for all, and especially for children and young people. The day was a great success, and we are excited to share with you just a few of the achievements so far from the coordination level.  

2024-02-09 data privacy, media literacy/education Dutch Safer Internet Centre

Mastering password security: protecting your digital identity

In an increasingly digitised world, safeguarding our online presence is essential. As cyber threats loom ever more significant, robust password protection becomes necessary. Delve into the realm of cybersecurity with insights from experts, as we explore the pivotal role of password managers in fortifying our digital safety. 

2024-02-06 gaming, media literacy/education, potentially harmful content BIK Team

Keeping children and young people safe in virtual worlds

It’s Safer Internet Day; an occasion to reflect on the opportunities and challenges of being online. This annual day of celebration serves to promote a safer and better internet to both empower and protect children and young people in their digital lives. Some of the key developments in recent years revolve around artificial intelligence (AI), with virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and extended reality (XR) applications emerging in all sectors of society from leisure and learning, to business and health. Here, we dive a bit deeper into some of the considerations… 

2024-02-06 gaming, media literacy/education, online reputation, potentially harmful content BIK Team

The Better Internet for Kids annual report 2023 is out

The Better Internet for Kids review of the year 2023 is released on the occasion of Safer Internet Day 2024, Tuesday, 6 February. During 2023, young people continued to show their commitment to building a safe, secure and inclusive online experience, and their eagerness in making their voices heard when it comes to designing the internet of the future. This report provides an overview of a multitude of stakeholder efforts to both protect and empower children and young people in their digital lives over the past year, when BIK has focused on making sure that young people are equipped with the skills they need to thrive in the digital world.   

2024-02-06 media literacy/education BIK Team

Happy Safer Internet Day 2024!

The day has finally come! On Tuesday, 6 February 2024, we celebrate Safer Internet Day (SID) – the annual flagship campaign to raise awareness of the importance of staying safe online. With a theme of "Together for a better internet", today calls upon all stakeholders to join forces to make the internet a safer and better place for all, and especially for children and young people. 

2024-02-06 advertising/commercialism, gaming BIK Team

Protecting YOU(th) against manipulative marketing practices online – campaign launch!

On Safer Internet Day 2024, the AdWiseOnline campaign has been launched to raise children's and young people's awareness of digital marketing practices and empower them with knowledge about their economic rights. This initiative, informed by research, particularly focuses on practices such as influencer and in-game marketing. It is rolled out in cooperation with Safer Internet Centres and European Consumer Centres, and coordinated by the Better Internet for Kids project.

2024-01-31 media literacy/education Finnish Safer Internet Centre

How to identify trustworthy information?

Facts and opinions can easily get mixed up online. Media content shapes people's perceptions and influences their actions. Our interpretation and reaction to a certain piece of content is influenced by how it is structured as a fact or someone's opinion. Keep reading for some pro tips on how to identify trustworthy information, specifically when it comes to text-based content such as articles or blog entries. 

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