Portuguese Safer Internet Centre: COVID-19 resources

The Portuguese Safer Internet Centre has published a number of articles (in Portuguese) on staying safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below you can find them organised by topic.

Date 2020-04-15 Author BIK Team Section awareness

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  • Positive content and well-being at home

    • Working at home. Working from home is new to many people and the move to work from home or telework can affect us in different ways. If you are new to working from home, we hope this article will be helpful. It offers some quick and easy tips, tricks and techniques for those trying to have a healthy balance between work and personal life.
    • Well-being kit (fillable). This 14-day well-being diary provides children with some daily activities as a reference to make everyday life more fulfilling. They can fill it in with activities, feelings, achievements, and unusual situations lived in the context of the COVID-19 lockdown to help them better deal with quarantine, while supporting their healthy and balanced development in a playful way. There is an English version available too.
  • How to respond to online risks under the COVID-19 pandemic

    • Home study: Tips to stay safe. At a time when face-to-face lessons are no longer possible, teachers and students are using internet platforms and services to remain connected and interact. This campaign aims to promote a safe environment while studying at home. It  includes a set of animated videos that promote digital citizenship, which are shown during the breaks of the distance learning classes broadcasted on national TV (RTP Memória).
    • Netflix parental controls. Children and young people being at home for a long time tends to lead to an increase in their use of the internet, including streaming platforms such as Netflix. Netflix has recently updated its parental control options to allow parents to more efficiently manage the content their children can access. Internet Segura shares a Netflix parental control guide.
  • Emergency remote teaching

    • School support website. The Directorate-General for Education (DGE), in collaboration with the National Agency for Qualification and Vocational Education (ANQEP), has built a website with a set of resources to support schools with emergency remote teaching. This support should enable all children and young people to maintain regular contact with their teachers and classmates, consolidate knowledge already acquired, and develop new knowledge. Given the great diversity of contexts in the country, DGE highlights solutions that use simple and non-demanding technology and do not require high digital skills.
    • Safety recommendations for distance learning for Portuguese schools. The Directorate-General for Education (DGE) from the Portuguese Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the National Cybersecurity Centre and the National Data Protection Commission, has produced a set of recommendations and guidelines for teachers and educators to abide by when using digital technologies to support distance learning.
    • DGE webinars: Safety in distance learning. In view of the current emergency remote teaching and learning context, the Portuguese General-Directorate for Education has promoted six webinars with well-known specialists in themes related to distance learning contexts. Overall, these webinars covered ethical and safety issues such as: safe use of online learning platforms; communication management and relationships in distance learning; data protection; copyright and disinformation; ethics and responsibility in distance learning, and cybersecurity of organisations. These webinars were attended by 3,000 teachers and recordings are available on the Portuguese SIC's website.

The Portuguese Safer Internet Centre also provides helpline services allowing children and young people, and parents and carers to access personalised advice and support. Equally, it provides a hotline for reporting any illegal content you mind find online. Don't hesitate to contact them in case of need!

In addition, we'll be bringing you a range of articles and insights on the opportunities and challenges of being online during COVID-19 in the coming days and weeks. Keep checking the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal and follow our social channels on Twitter (@Insafenetwork and @SafeInternetDay) and Facebook (@SaferInternet and @SaferInternetDay) for the latest news, information, advice and resources from the Insafe network and from other stakeholder organisations on staying safe online during the coronavirus pandemic.

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