Creating a safer connected world: Parents and carers

Are you a parent or carer?

Parents and carers are often in the best position to influence, support, educate and protect their children, both offline and online. Through the Better Internet for Kids agenda, the European Commission, Safer Internet Centres and other stakeholders strive to support parents and carers in this role, ensuring children and young people use the internet in a responsible, respectful, critical and creative way. 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. 

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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Useful content for parents and carers

A good way for parents and carers to support their children in their digital lives is to stay aware of the issues and challenges of being online. Find some highlights below, or browse the site for more.

Browse our selection of guides on topical online safety issues - from cyberbullying to online reputation, and online challenges to sexting, find out what you need to know.

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Our guide to apps aims to provide key information about some of the most popular apps, social networking sites and other platforms which are commonly being used by children and young people (and adults) today.

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