Online fraud, hate speech, discrimination and other divisive online risks are on the rise globally, according to results of a new Microsoft study. These findings were released in conjunction with World Kindness Day in an effort to turn that tide and encourage safer, more empathetic and tolerant online interactions among all people.
Industry partners are key stakeholders in the Better Internet for Kids agenda, working with the European Commission and Safer Internet Centres across Europe to ensure that products and services are safer by design, and that appropriate measures and responses can be given to any issues identified.
Many industry partners also develop awareness-raising campaigns and materials.
On this page, you'll find a selection of articles corresponding to the work of industry in contributing to a safer and better internet.
In recent months, digital technologies have been at the heart of the response to the coronavirus pandemic, enabling billions of people from a variety of generations or backgrounds to carry on with their daily lives and therefore to maintain – to some extent – a sense of normality throughout the crisis, whether to stay in touch with loved ones, to continue working, studying, creating and learning, or to participate in public debate, among other things.
The new school year is beginning for many across the globe and, although COVID-19 continues to necessitate at least some distance learning, the realities of bullying – both online and off – remain. A new Microsoft study shows 4 in 10 teens in 32 countries report being "involved" in a bullying incident and, perhaps surprisingly, nearly the same percentage of adults, as well.
TikTok seems to be constantly in the news at the moment (for a variety of reasons) and so it is, perhaps, not surprising that other platforms are seeking to replicate their own version of the popular app. Instagram launched Reels in early August in 50 countries including France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.
In recent years, TikTok has become increasingly popular in Latvia among children and teenagers, while adults still know little about this platform. If compared with the likes of Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and so on, the ways in which a child may face online risks on this platform – including cyberbullying – can be different. Latvian mobile operator BITE and the Latvian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) offer basic tips to parents on what they should know and tell their children about the safe use of TikTok, which is a part of initiative against cyberbullying "Bite Your Finger!".
Teenagers and adults in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region reported an uptick in online civility and more respectful digital interactions during the COVID-19 global pandemic, results from a new Microsoft research study show. Meanwhile, respondents in Latin America said online civility worsened, punctuated by an increase in the spread of false or misleading information.
The UK Safer Internet Centre (SIC) has been working directly with Facebook to produce a brand new guide for education professionals using Facebook apps.
In February 2020, a group of six Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Youth Ambassadors marked Safer Internet Day (SID) by hosting a dialogue with industry members from the Alliance to better protect minors online at the European Commission (EC) on the age appropriateness of apps and services' privacy information for children and young people. Below, three of them – Matej, Kathrin and Charampoulos – look back on their experience and share their aspirations.
On Tuesday, 23 June 2020, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) launched its new 2020 Guidelines on Child Online Protection (COP), a set of recommendations for children, parents, educators, industry and policy makers on how to contribute to the development of a safe and empowering online environment for children and young people.
In February 2020, Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Youth Ambassador Kathrin Morasch participated in Safer Internet Day (SID) celebrations at the European Commission (EC) to introduce the Youth Pledge for a Better Internet, along with five fellow youth panellists. Below, she looks back on her experience.
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