Protecting online privacy and keeping personal information private 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 protecting online privacy and keeping personal information private during COVID-19.

2020-05-11 BIK Team awareness

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  • Safe use of wireless internet at home during the COVID-19 pandemic (in Dutch). Now that you and the people you live with use WiFi at home for many activities, there are some things you should pay attention to. How do you protect your WiFi network? How do you use the data bundle of your mobile phone if you do not have WiFi at home or if it is overloaded? Do you use free WiFi from the municipality or a router in a student house? Veilig internetten answers these questions.
  • Video conferencing for children: Safeguarding and privacy overview (in English). Ever considered how your personal data is protected, how children's data is used platforms, or whether there are minimum age requirements? In this page you'll find information about the most popular video conferencing services, compiled by SWGfL. It provides an overview of some of the technical and policy details published by each of the services so that you can more easily determine which might be the most suitable for you.
  • Awareness-raising sessions at the Luxembourg Digital Privacy Salon (in English). BEE SECURE is hosting online awareness-raising sessions which aim to teach the general public how to protect themselves and their data from intrusive surveillance.
  • Webinar on privacy and data security in online learning and teaching (in Hungarian). The Hungarian Safer Internet Centre organised a webinar with online safety experts on 8 April 2020 to raise awareness of the importance of privacy and data security during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to remote emergency teaching, data protection for children is becoming more important than ever before. However, teachers and students are sharing personal data on a plethora of platforms and tools that they are not very familiar with. You can watch a recording of the webinar on the International Children's Safety Service's YouTube channel.
  • Information from the National Data Protection and Freedom of Information Authority about data management in online education (in Hungarian). During the COVID-19 pandemic, online safety is especially important because children are receiving their lessons online. The International Children's Safety Service recommends that parents and children pay particular attention to data protection during these days.

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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