On 31 October 2023, ECPAT Taiwan hosted the ECPAT International Conference on child safety. Our BIK Youth Ambassador, Kathrin Morasch, a longtime advocate for online safety for children and youth, provides us with her insights regarding the conference and reflects on her involvement as a keynote speaker, sharing the perspective of the BIK+ strategy, youth participation and the European Union's rules protecting minors.
Youth participation in the Better Internet for Kids agenda allows young people to express their views and exchange knowledge and experiences concerning their use of online technologies, as well as tips on how to stay safe.
They also advise on internet safety and empowerment strategy, help create innovative resources and disseminate eSafety messages to their peers.
On this page, you'll find a selection of articles corresponding to youth participation in creating a safer and better internet.
The 18th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Kyoto, Japan which took place from 8 to 12 October 2023, marked a pivotal moment in the world of online governance. Hosted by the Japanese Government, our BIK Youth Ambassador highlights his active role in this event.
At the IGF 2023 event, which took place in Kyoto from 8-12 October 2023, the Insafe delegation hosted a promotional booth in the IGF village, promoting the annual Safer Internet Day (SID) campaign and Better Internet for Kids (BIK) activities. The booth was a focal point for engaging discussions with conference participants worldwide.
Prioritising child well-being in digital design: Insafe joins UNICEF and LEGO Group at IGF 2023 session
The 18th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) continues in Kyoto, Japan, with the Insafe Coordinator participating in a child well-being session hosted by UNICEF and the LEGO Group.
Towards more inclusive youth participation activities: Insafe delegation presents best practices at IGF 2023
At the 18th annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) held in Kyoto, Japan from 8-12 October 2023, the European network of Safer Internet Centres (SIC) contributed with a workshop on Day 0, titled Youth participation: co-creating the Insafe network. In the second part of the workshop, organised by the Insafe Coordinator in collaboration with the Belgian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese and UK Safer Internet Centres, a special focus was given to empowering of young people and the inclusion of children and young people in vulnerable situations.
Today, 10 October 2023, we commemorate World Mental Health Day, a global initiative dedicated to raising awareness of mental health issues and supporting collective actions to improve mental well-being worldwide. This day serves as a platform for individuals and organisations working on mental health to contribute and discuss the essential steps to ensure accessible mental health care for everyone across the globe. In addition to these efforts, we also want to shed light on INHOPE's vital support for parents who have survived child abuse, recognising their unique struggles and providing them with essential resources.
In the lead-up to this year's Safer Internet Forum (SIF) 2023, the involvement of young people is taking centre stage, ensuring that the event truly reflects voices of today's digitally connected youth. Two key youth-driven groups, the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Youth Panel and the Safer Internet Forum Youth Advisory Group (SIF YAG), are working hard to shape the event.
Youth participation was the key to success when the Swedish Safer Internet Centre (SIC) recently arranged a seminar at Almedalen Week on the isle of Gotland. High school student Huda Omar, who was also the moderator of the seminar, said it is important to give children and youth real and concrete opportunities to be involved.
In order to contribute to the fight against hate speech, the BEE SECURE initiative ran the #NOHATEONLINE campaign to raise awareness during the 2022-2023 school year.
Today, 15 September 2023, we celebrate the International Day of Democracy. The day is officially recognised as a United Nations observance. It provides an opportunity to reflect on the state of democracy worldwide. This year, the focus is on "Empowering the next generation," recognising young people's pivotal role in advancing democracy.
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