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Children and young people are at the heart of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) agenda, in which the European Commission (EC), Safer Internet Centres (SICs) across Europe, and other stakeholders work together to ensure that every young European has access to a digital environment where they feel safe and empowered to explore the multitude of opportunities offered, and know where to seek support if needed. Read on to discover more.

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Positive thinking and hope during challenging times

In the context of the current conflict in Ukraine, it is important to be able to activate strategies to encourage positive thinking, resilience and motivation. The Czech Safer Internet Centre shares useful tips and advice to take care of the mental health of both adults and young people during challenging times. 

Fighting the feeling of helplessness during conflicts and crises

In a time where the COVID-19 global pandemic is still ongoing and a new conflict has surged in Ukraine, it becomes quite common to develop a feeling of powerlessness towards the current events. While it is a natural reaction to crisis situations, it generally comprises a mix of unpleasant emotions including, to various degrees, paralysis, intense sadness and apathy or resignation. 

Digital Youth Forum 2022 will be available in Ukrainian

The Digital Youth Forum (DYF) is an event designed for youth, by youth, and about youth on creative and innovative uses of new technologies and online safety. Organised by the Empowering Children Foundation as part of the Polish Safer Internet Centre, it’s a meeting of experts and inspiration seekers, creators and consumers, activists and dreamers. 

War on the news

At the moment, it is hardly possible to keep children away from the current news, and many parents and teachers struggle with finding child-appropriate and suitable answers about the war in Ukraine. Positive online content can support them in finding online news and information which is age-appropriate and free of frightening images and messages. Below you can find child-friendly news sources across a range of European countries, along with a selection of resources on how to talk to children about the war. 

Animated cartoons for the annual student video competition for a safe and creative use of the internet in Cyprus

On Thursday, 3 February 2022, the student video competition for a safe and creative use of the internet came to an end with the final evaluations of the participants’ works. The competition was organised by the Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus, of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth, with the support of the Cyprus Safer Internet Centre CYberSafety. The competition was once again held online due to the ongoing pandemic.  

Happy International Day of Families

15 May marks the International Day of Families. The day is an initiative from the United Nations (UN) and focuses on raising awareness of issues relating to families and increasing the knowledge of the social, economic, and demographic processes affecting families. 

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If you're struggling with an issue online, or just want some tips on managing your digital life, you are not alone. Insafe helplines operate in all European countries and can provide you with free, impartial help, guidance and support, via a variety of contact methods. Many helplines operate an anonymous service too.

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Youth participation activities are at the heart of Better Internet for Kids (BIK) activities. Using co-creation methods, young people work together and with other stakeholders to develop online safety guidance, learning and campaign materials, and contribute to decision-making processes to help create a better internet.

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Check out your SIC profile page to connect with national resources and sources of support, providing awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services.