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Positive content and well-being at home
- The 116111 hotline helps families affected by the COVID-19 crisis. In times of crisis, when our normal life rhythm is disrupted and various restrictions have to be observed, many people feel stressed. Talking to a psychologist is one of the most effective methods to avoid negative consequences. This article explores the possibilities for families to call the helpline and receive psychological support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
How to respond to online risks under the COVID-19 pandemic
- Sheep Life - educational films for children. The Latvian Safer Internet Centre, Drossinternets.lv, has developed "Sheep Life", a series of educational animated films and creative tasks on online safety for children aged 6-11. Parents are invited to watch the videos, complete the tasks and take part in a competition with their children.
- Contest: invent sheep names! Families are invited to spend time with children in a meaningful way by watching cartoons together, discussing about online safety and taking part in a competition.
- 90 per cent of the reports received by 'Drossinternets.lv' this year are about materials containing child sexual abuse. The flow of reports on materials containing pedophilia and child sexual abuse on the internet has not stopped during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the moment when children exposed to sexual violence in their family are forced to spend a long time with their abuser. Therefore, the Latvian Safer Internet Centre, Drossinternets.lv, and the international hotline association, INHOPE, invite people to report any suspicion of illegality.
Emergency remote teaching
- Tips for parents on how to prepare a child for remote learning. Given the government's measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, students have to stay at home and use a computer or a smart device to continue their lessons. As risks online have not diminished, safe use of the internet is thus becoming more important than ever. Drossinternets.lv, the Latvian Safer Internet Centre, has prepared five tips to stay safe online during emergency remote learning.
The Latvian 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.