Insafe network meets online to discuss fake news, misinformation, and disinformation

Today, the Insafe network of European Safer Internet Centres (SICs) begins a two-day training meeting online. This event is an opportunity to facilitate sharing of experience and good practice between network countries, and to explore areas of common ground and opportunities for closer working between awareness raising, helpline, and youth participation strands.

Date 2021-11-17 Author BIK Team Section awareness, news Topic media literacy/education Audience children and young people, media specialist, organisations and industry, parents and carers, research, policy and decision makers, teachers, educators and professionals

Focusing on content issues online, the meeting will tackle two key topics. First, it will consider the challenges of fake news, misinformation and disinformation, and identify best practices in tackling them. Secondly, participants will discuss the sexualisation of culture and of children and young people, and share strategies for addressing the problem.

The meeting will commence with a keynote address on the Glass Room Misinformation Edition, exploring how social media and the web have changed the way we read information and react to it. This session will provide information about the new types of influencers, the new and old tactics they use, and the role we – users and consumers – play in the way information flows, and changes within that flow. It will also consider the relationship between personal data, targeting and opinion building, views and behaviours, as well as the business models behind it. A panel discussion will then build on issues raised, focusing on the wider concerns of fake news as well as mis- and disinformation, specifically addressing how many of the challenges can be addressed.

Capitalising on the capacity-building nature of the Insafe network, the second topic – the sexualisation of culture and of children and young people – will draw on network projects and resources to address issues pertaining to transactional sexting, exposure of children to hypersexualised culture and sexual harassment online, and gender-stereotyped behaviours.

The meeting will also include a network planning session for the forthcoming edition of Safer Internet Day, taking place on Tuesday, 8 February 2022, and a customary resource competition to showcase the diverse range of educational resources and videos created by the network

Participants will also have the opportunity to network over a range of additional topics – such as empowering 9-12-year-olds to counter hate speech, promoting good online sexual health, and the opportunities, benefits and challenges of open source – in sessions based on the Open Space Technology meeting methodology.

If you wish to learn more about the work of the Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres and other stakeholders in the field, visit the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal and subscribe to the quarterly BIK bulletin for news and resources on the latest trends and challenges online.

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