More than 4 billion pieces of shared content circulate on social networks every day, indiscriminately mixing infor, intox, and fake news. In French, this information overload has a name: “infobésité”.
Within the European network of Safer Internet Centres, national awareness centres focus on raising awareness and understanding of safer internet issues and emerging trends. They run campaigns to empower children, young people, parents, carers and teachers with the skills, knowledge and strategies to stay safe online and take advantage of the opportunities that the internet and mobile technologies provide.
The network also works extensively with other stakeholders, such as the research community, industry and other NGOs, to extend the reach of key messages and awareness-raising actions.
On this page, you'll find a selection of articles corresponding to awareness-raising work.
To find contact details for your national awareness centre, visit your Safer Internet Centre profile page.
Romanian children’s news consumption mostly revolves around the internet – 49 per cent of them say they use websites, while 26 per cent use social media to read the news – followed by conversations with their parents (39 per cent) and watching television (28 per cent).
When children are taking the step of creating an account on social media without you knowing, the best piece of advice for you is to get curious, not furious. Use this as an opportunity to ask some key questions about the particular social media platform they are on and what they have been doing on it.
The French Internet Centre (SIC) recently unveiled an empathy awareness programme for elementary and middle school students. In this article, they offer a deep dive into why and how they produced such a resource.
Parents play an important role in teaching their kids how to critically evaluate the news. These media literacy skills are vital for kids growing up in the digital age.
It is natural for parents and carers to want to keep their child safe and as far away from physical harm as possible. That has not changed and is equally true for the digital world — especially when our kids have coexisting physical and digital lives.
On Tuesday, 9 February 2021, we will join “Together for a better internet” to celebrate yet another edition of Safer Internet Day (SID) - though this time in a starkly different digital environment, compared to previous editions. Almost one year after the advent of the COVID-19 crisis and the changes it has brought about in our online habits, we review the new realities with regards to safety and well-being in the online sphere.
Online celebrities, their lives, experiences and stories – do they affect lives of adolescents? Is it worth listening to influencers and take their every advice? Can anyone become an influencer? In the online conference "A perfect face on the internet…" different experts tried to find answers to these and many other questions.
Sexting is the electronic sending and receiving of photos and videos that are sexually suggestive or explicit, often containing nudity, sex acts, texted sexual messages, or sexting emojis. Talking to your kids about sexting can feel awkward for everyone but it is an important conversation to have, especially considering this phenomenon is on the rise among teenagers.
As the popularity and success of paid social media influencers increases, their followers often not only want what the influencers have, but also to be them.
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