Dealing with harmful and/or illegal content during 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 on dealing with harmful and/or illegal content during COVID-19.

Date 2020-05-11 Author BIK Team Section awareness

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  • Digital workbook for children in primary school – prevention of cyberbullying (in Croatian). Cyberbullying refers to situations where a child or young person is attacked by another child, teenager or group of children, via the internet or by mobile phone. An increasing number of children and young people are exposed to peer violence online, but the situation is often not recognised as a serious problem. During the COVID-19 pandemic, when children are having most of their social interactions online, it is even more relevant than before to pay attention to this problem. This guide for children helps prevent and address cyberbullying in schools.
  • Safer Internet Day 2020 app (in Croatian). This app developed by for Safer Internet Day 2020 is relevant and useful to prevent and react to cyberbullying cases.
  • IWF warning during coronavirus outbreak (in English). The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) warns that, with schools being forced to shut, there is an increased risk of children being groomed and coerced online.
  • Good internet behavior rules (in Greek). The internet has become a powerful tool that plays a key role in the lives of children and young people. It can be educational, fun and socially rewarding, allowing significant opportunities for expression and communication. However, when communicating online, it is important to respect a set of rules that allow polite and friendly interactions, avoiding hurtful behaviors. Find out more in this article from CYberSafety.
  • 90 per cent of the reports received by '' this year are about materials containing child sexual abuse (in Latvian). 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,, and the international hotline association, INHOPE, invite people to report any suspicion of illegality.

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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