Have your say on the #DigitalDecade4YOUth!
How to make Europe’s Digital Decade fit for children and young people?
What can be done to ensure that the digital world is fit for the future? And how can we ensure that we promote, protect, respect and fulfil the rights of all children and young people when they go online? Have YOUR say in the #DigitalDecade4YOUth consultation, running online until 11 October 2021. Complete the survey now, or read on for more information...
In March 2021, the European Commission presented a vision and avenues for Europe’s digital transformation by 2030. This vision for the EU's Digital Decade evolves around four cardinal points of skills, secure and sustainable digital infrastructures, digital transformation of businesses, and digitalisation of public services. Through various consultation activities, the aim is to develop a set of digital principles for an interinstitutional declaration between the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the Council in late 2021.
At the heart of this work is a desire to ensure that the digital world is fit for the future and can allow everyone to benefit from all the opportunities it can offer. As part of wider consultation activities, children, youth, parents and carers, teachers and educators, and other stakeholders from across the European Union are being consulted on the priorities they see to promote, protect, respect and fulfil the rights of children and young people in a digital world. These important insights will also be used to inform a new Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Strategy, to be adopted in 2022.
Consultation work to date has already gained insights from some 750 children and young people through 70 focus groups. We now wish to gather wider input from those stakeholders who care for, educate, or can otherwise influence positive online opportunities and experiences for Europe's children and young people. And that means YOU!
In the survey, we ask you a series of questions, based on the questions which children and young people responded to so that we can compare perspectives. We ask you to consider the opportunities and benefits which children and young people can gain from being online, the challenges and risks which they might face, and who you think is (or should be) responsible for improving online experiences. We also ask for your views on what policy makers need to do over the next decade to bring about change.
Alongside the responses already received from children and young people, your views are essential in shaping the ongoing work on digital principles within the EU, and for helping to give Europe’s children and young people the best possible online experiences.
A reminder also that the topics covered in this survey will also be the focus of discussions at the forthcoming Safer Internet Forum (SIF), taking place online on Wednesday, 6 and Thursday, 7 October 2021. The SIF will showcase key findings from the consultation work, amplifying the voices of children and young people to deliver a vision for a #DigitalDecade4YOUth. The event will highlight the priorities that different groups, including parents, carers and teachers, have identified in order to fulfil children’s rights in a digital world, while allowing them to engage, create and contribute within safe, ethical and inclusive online spaces.
All are welcome to attend this free event, but advance registration is required. Find out more and register for Safer Internet Forum here.
Please note: registration for Safer Internet Forum 2021 will close at the end of business on Friday, 24 September 2021.
In case of questions on any aspect of the #DigitalDecade4YOUth campaign, please contact the project organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org.