Today is the day! On Tuesday, 7 February 2023, we celebrate Safer Internet Day (SID) – the annual flagship campaign to raise awareness of the importance of staying safe online. With a theme of "Together for a better internet", today calls upon all stakeholders to join together to make the internet a safer and better place for all, and especially for children and young 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.
The issue of low female participation in IT and cyber-related activities seems to be apparent in most countries. The information technology sector is in need of many new specialists in Estonia and elsewhere in the world.
The SIC+ Focus Group: Fostering global collaboration between European Safer Internet Centres and like-minded organisations around the world
In October 2022, the day after the Safer Internet Forum (SIF), participants from the SIC+ programme gathered together from all over the world to participate in the SIC+ Focus Group in Brussels. In addition to the SIC+ members, a number of European Safer Internet Centres (SICs), the European Commission (EC), BIK Youth Ambassadors and Twitter were also represented. The session focused on two main topics for exchange: public-private partnerships and Safer Internet Day 2023. This article provides a brief overview of the points discussed.
Networking opportunity for Safer Internet Centres and members of the Intergroup on Children's Rights in the European Parliament
On Tuesday, 25 October 2022, the Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs) will meet with several MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) who are part of the Intergroup on Children's Rights at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. This networking event will be an opportunity for direct, informal exchange between MEPs and the Insafe network on the priorities and challenges in accordance with the new BIK+ strategy.
There are more and more online security threats that must be met with special care. New attacks, combined with the exploitation of users' lack of digital literacy, are among the trends that continue in cybersecurity threats. The Portuguese Safer Internet Centre explains the concerns about online safety.
On 20- 21 September 2022, INHOPE (the International Association of Internet Hotlines) held its fifth annual summit, hosted by Amazon Web Services in Washington D.C., with a theme of “Talk about it”.
The second webinar of the SIC+ programme on the role of parents and awareness-raising activities that address parents
At the beginning of July, the second webinar of the SIC+ programme took place with a focus on the role of parents and awareness-raising activities that address parents. Three organisations shared their knowledge and resources on this topic: COFACE Families Europe, Child Focus and Mediawijs. This article presents the key takeaways of this webinar, including links to relevant resources on the topic of the role of parents and awareness-raising activities for online safety.
In May 2022, the European Commission adopted a new European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+), to improve age-appropriate digital services and to ensure that every child is protected, empowered and respected online. Ten years after the first BIK strategy, BIK+ wants to spotlight the voices and opinions of European youth.
On 21-22 June 2022, the Digital Assembly took place in Toulouse, France. The Digital Assembly is an annual event hosted jointly by the European Commission and the holder of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). It is a key forum for members of the European digital ecosystem to gather and discuss important issues. This year’s two-day conference included workshops, panel discussions and plenary sessions focusing on issues related to EU sovereignty and autonomy. In particular, a workshop on day one focused on the newly adopted European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+). BIK Youth Ambassadors Sina and Dimitris were there to share their views.
Sitting behind INHOPE’s annual review are the various processes taken to ensure that it represents the amazing work of the network’s 50 hotlines in 46 countries which work to combat child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online.
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