Research partners are key stakeholders in the Better Internet for Kids agenda, providing a body of knowledge and evidence on issues affecting children and young people online today. Armed with this knowledge, we are able to identify emerging trends and shape appropriate responses and create effective resources for the challenges presented.

On this page, you'll find a selection of articles corresponding to the work of research partners in the safer and better internet field.

2024-04-04 BIK Team

Better Internet for Kids launches two new good practice guides

One of the aims of the European Commission’s Better Internet for Kids programme is to build capacity in Europe (and beyond) for creating safer and better online experiences for children and young people. One way of doing this is by sharing good practices developed through work within the context of the Insafe and INHOPE networks of Safer Internet Centres and other key stakeholders. As such, two new good practice guides have recently been published.

2024-02-26 media literacy/education Austrian Safer Internet Centre

New study about beauty ideals on the internet

To mark Safer Internet Day 2024,  the Austrian Safer Internet Centre presented the results of a new youth study on "Beauty ideals on the internet". The study examines the effects of digital media use on young people's body-related self-image. To this end, 400 young people between 12 and 17 years old were questioned about their experiences, supplemented by four in-depth focus groups with 56 participating pupils. The results show that the pressure on young people to conform to unrealistic body images is high. At the same time, the important role of parents and other caregivers in dealing with beauty ideals becomes clear.

2024-01-22 media literacy/education Dutch Safer Internet Centre

Media ‘Ukkie’ Days campaign in the Netherlands

The 2023 edition of the Media 'Ukkie' (or 'Toddler') Days campaign took place from 24 to 31 March. Throughout the campaign, countless parents were assisted with tips, tools, and advice. The new 'Iene Miene Media' study was also presented, full of insights into how parents experience the media education of their little ones. In this article, the Dutch Safer Internet Centre looks back on a successful campaign with a selection of highlights. 

2023-06-30 hate speech, media literacy/education, potentially harmful content BIK Team

Responding to online risks to children and young people in vulnerable groups

The new European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+ strategy), adopted in May 2022, emphasises the need to pay careful attention to children with special or specific needs, or from disadvantaged and vulnerable backgrounds. In the new strategy, the European Commission sets out clear priorities for young people with a range of vulnerabilities, with the overarching aim to ensure that no one is left behind, and that all children and young people have a voice when it comes to matters in the digital sphere.

2023-05-11 media literacy/education BIK Team

One year of BIK+

Exactly one year ago, on 11 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. Let’s take a look at further policy developments that have happened over the course of the past year. 

2023-05-08 media literacy/education Austrian Safer Internet Centre

Youth Internet Monitor 2023

The Youth Internet Monitor is an initiative of and presents current data on the social media use of Austria's young people. Which social networks are currently popular among young users in Austria? Which networks are most popular with girls? Which ones are the most popular with boys?

2023-04-25 cyberbullying, media literacy/education, online reputation German Safer Internet Centre

Digital well-being for Safer Internet Day 2023 in Germany

Safer Internet Day (SID) 2023 was celebrated worldwide on 7 February. In Germany, the day was held under the motto #OnlineAmLimit (“#OnlineAtTheLimit”). As the coordinator of the activities for this international day in Germany, klicksafe thus focused on the topics of digital balance and digital well-being. Read more about the different events and resources for SID 2023 throughout Germany.

2023-03-17 excessive use, gaming, love, relationships, sexuality (online), media literacy/education BIK Team

CO:RE launches the Education Toolkit

The Education Toolkit was developed by the CO:RE team at European Schoolnet in an extensive consultation process and co-creation workshops with teachers, practitioner, but also young people. The result is a comprehensive toolkit with relevant information and many helpful resources.

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