Responding to online risks under COVID-19

Through Better Internet for Kids (BIK), and the European Network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs), our aim is to empower children and young people to remain safe online, and equally assist those that support them. During the time of the coronavirus pandemic, Safer Internet Centres have published a number of articles and resources with general advice on how to respond to online risks under COVID-19.

2020-05-11 BIK Team awareness

This article compiles information on general online safety tips and resources. For materials on specific online safety risks, you can read the following articles:

* Please note – resource listings are being added to regularly, so please
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Online safety resources

  • Video lessons on online safety (in Bulgarian). The Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre has published a collection of videos about different online risks, such as online gaming, sexting, use of social media platforms, and so on. You can find the videos on the Safenet BG YouTube channel or in this 30-minute video compilation.
  • Mishu and the internet mess (in Bulgarian). A booklet with a fairy tale and games to enhance digital literacy of children up to 7 years.
  • Children from 0 to 7 years old and the internet. A handbook for parents (in Bulgarian). Raising a child in today's digital world is not easy, especially in areas where previous generations might lack experience. This guide helps to ensure that children do not get lost in the endless internet space, and that they can take advantage of its many opportunities while protecting themselves from online risks. It is a natural complement to the booklet Mishu and the internet mess, aiding parents to think of related activities and to make them even more useful for children.
  • How to entertain children safely during the coronavirus pandemic? (in Czech). CZ.NIC offers materials and guidance to parents on how to teach cybersecurity at home in a time when schools are closed and kids are spending a lot of time online.
  • CfDP offers digital lectures under COVID-19 (in Danish). While teachers are at home and schools remain closed, the Centre for Digital Pædagogik team cannot offer physical workshops for children and young people as they used to do. Since it is not yet clear when they will be able to retake their face-to-face activities, they are now offering the opportunity to share their digital knowledge in online sessions.
  • eSafety training programme for parents (in Dutch). Child Focus' eSafety training programme for parents stays online as thematic e-learning modules during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a toolbox to help parents manage screens and online devices at home. Safely Online is a joint initiative from Gezinsbond and Child Focus. It has five interactive modules with parenting tips and testimonials from children, adolescents, parents and experts. The modules focus on social media, privacy, cyberbullying, gaming and love, emotions and relationships online.
  • Keeping children happy and safe online during COVID-19 (in English). This article from the UK Safer Internet Centre is a collection of lots of useful resources and tools that you, as a parent or carer, can use to help ensure that your child is safe and happy online. The tips are broken down into ages and include quick activities, films, and plenty more fun ways to engage with your children. From identifying fake news to online bullying, there is plenty for you and your family to use. It also includes tips on making the most of the internet as a family.
  • Using Webwise Resources at Home (in English). Webwise has a number of primary and post-primary ready-made lessons for students addressing a range of online safety and digital literacy topics. As students are spend more time online, managing online wellbeing and recognising false information online has never been so important. Webwise has outlined lessons that are particularly helpful and easy for teachers and parents to access from home and complete with students.
  • Parents' guide to safe internet use (in Greek). This 77-page CYberSafety guide provides parents with basic knowledge and advice on how to inform children about safe and responsible use of the internet. It offers information on how different age groups (pre-school, school and adolescence) can use the internet and the risks they might be exposed to.
  • Sheep Life - educational films for children (in Latvian). 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! (in Latvian). 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.
  • #stayathomesafely – educational games for children on safe and creative use of internet (in Polish). NASK, the Polish SIC coordinator, has prepared educational games and activities for parents and their children that aim at teaching children good internet practices in a fun and entertaining way. They are addressed at the younger and slightly older children. You don't need sophisticated teaching aids and gadgets to use these resources, just what you already have at home.
  • Safe at home without getting bored during epidemics COVID-19 (in Slovenian). During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are forced to stay at home and have as little physical contact with others as possible. The internet provides us with countless opportunities for communicating and learning, but we still need to be careful when we use it because all of the usual pitfalls and risks still remain, and many new have emerged. Safe.si offers links to articles, tools, videos and other resources on safe and creative use of the web, for children, teenagers, parents and teachers.
  • Digitally safe in coronavirus times (in Swedish). A listing of various resources from the Swedish Media Literacy Network on topics such as online streaming, avoiding scams or working safely from home.

Online safety tips

  • Working safely at home during the COVID-19 pandemic (in Dutch). For many people in the Netherlands, working from home during the COVID-19 pandmeic is a new experience. Never before have we seen our colleagues so little and discussed with them so much through online meetings. Do you know what to do to be digitally safe when you work from home?
  • Coronavirus - staying connected and keeping safe at home (in English). Keeping in touch with loved ones and, most importantly, staying safe is important during self-isolation. Hear what professionals from South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL, part of the UK Safer Internet Centre) have to say on the topic.
  • Advice for parents on supporting their children's online safety (in Estonian). This article is a collection of tips for parents to support their children's online safety during the lockdown. Topics range from the importance of talking to children about why they need to be at home, to the use of webcams during a video conference, or possible signs of cyberbullying.
  • COVID-19 - Tips from Internet Sans Crainte (in French). The unprecedented lockdown measures in force in most of Europe and the world have led various European Safer Internet Centres to mobilise. Internet Sans Crainte shares with you ten tips for a creative and safe digital life during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • COVID-19 - Keeping children happy and safe online (in French). We are living in unprecedented times. As Belgian schools close and people are confined to their homes due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are using the internet and online services more now than perhaps ever before. Being online is providing a lifeline for everyone in society from the young to the old, learners and workers, and the vulnerable, curious and those seeking an escape from boredom. This is probably, therefore, a good time to remind ourselves of a few key points to keep safe online.
  • Coronavirus: Is the internet reaching its limits? (in French and German). Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, one billion people have been asked to stay at home. Not only internet users, but also online companies have noticed that many more people than usual are now surfing the internet. This increased traffic is seriously affecting the performance of servers and lines. Is the internet now reaching its limits? How can each of us counteract this? Find out more in this article from the Luxembourgish Safer Internet Centre.
  • How to stay safe online during the pandemic (in Greek). As Greek schools close and people are confined to home, we are using the internet and online services more now than ever before. This is probably a good time to remember a few basic points to stay safe on the internet.
  • Tips from Europol (in Greek). An infographic with general online safety tips from Europol published on Saferinternet4kids.gr.
  • Using the internet safely during the coronavirus pandemic (in Greek). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown measures, people are using the internet more than ever before. It has become a valuable tool and an important solution for society at the moment. Therefore, the Cyprus Safer Internet Centre shares tips to remember how we can be safe online.
  • How to use the internet safely in the wake of a coronavirus pandemic (in Lithuanian). We are living in unprecedented times. As schools close and people are confined to their homes due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, we are using the internet and online services more now than perhaps ever before. Being online is providing a lifeline for everyone in society from the young to the old, learners and workers, and the vulnerable, curious and those seeking an escape from boredom. This is probably, therefore, a good time to remind ourselves of a few key points to keep safe online.
  • 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).
  • Press release: Safe on the internet during the coronavirus outbreak (in Slovenian). Slovenia is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kindergartens, schools and colleges are closed, and children and teenagers are staying at home. This is a very difficult period for them, as they are used to daily socialising with peers. Social networks and messaging apps can replace socialising to some extent, but there are some risks and pitfalls to be wary of. Safe.si explains some of them.
  • It's time to advance digital skills (in Spanish). We've moved from the classroom to emergency remote teaching. The change is complex, but it is also an opportunity to educate children in digital skills. INCIBE, through Internet Segura for Kids, offers tips on privacy, digital identity, protection against viruses and scams, and positive relations.
  • Preparing for parental mediation (in Spanish). The role of parents in teaching digital skills is always crucial but, in the current situation, it becomes even more relevant. Internet Segura for Kids offers tips to prepare yourself to guide your children, prepare their online environment, and accompany them in their learning process.

Remember that European Safer Internet Centres also provide helpline services allowing children and young people, and parents and carers to access personalised advice and support. Equally, each SIC also provides a hotline for reporting any illegal content you mind find online. Don't hesitate to contact them in case of need!

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