Creating a safer connected world: Research and policy

Research and policy

Through the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) agenda, the European Commission (EC), Safer Internet Centres (SICs) and other stakeholders regularly engage with partners from the fields of research and policy to strengthen the evidence base on children and young people’s online safety and protect, promote and advance their rights in the digital environment. Read on to discover more.

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Report Harmful Content release Annual Report 2021

Report Harmful Content (RHC) recently launched their annual report for 2021, Through These Walls, analysing data between January 2020 -December 2020. Although there appears to be a worrying rise in reported cases, it is apparent there is improved public understanding of identifying and relating incidents to official bodies.

Happy birthday Nummer gegen Kummer: 40th anniversary

In 2020, the German helpline Nummer gegen Kummer e.V. celebrated its 40th anniversary: 40 years of counselling at the child helpline, 40 years of volunteering, and 40 years of networking with strong partners. During these years, the helpline has offered a safe place to talk in approximately 4.7 million counselling sessions by being there, listening and providing support.

In the spotlight: Safer Internet Centre Poland

As part of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Quality Assurance Programme (QAP), the Insafe-INHOPE Coordination Teams are jointly conducting a set of ten country visits to national Safer Internet Centres (SICs) to better understand what is happening in the Member States: monitoring emerging issues and challenges, identifying good practices to be shared, and harvesting the results of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) policy. Due to the circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a visit planned to the Polish Safer Internet Centre had to be converted into an online meeting that took place on 9 September 2020, bringing together a group of diverse stakeholders and SIC consortium partners. 

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Find out more about how research and policy is helping to create a better internet for children and young people.

The annual Safer Internet Forum brings together young people, parent and teacher representatives, industry and government policy makers, technological and awareness-raising experts, and political, educational and social leaders from Europe and beyond. This year's edition takes place in November.

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The Better Internet for Kids Policy Map was created to compare and exchange knowledge on policy making and implementation in EU Member States on the themes and recommendations of the European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children.

Explore the BIK Policy Map

The time children and young people spend online has increased significantly, giving them access to unprecedented opportunities but also exposing them to new risks. To address this new reality, the European Commission is funding four Horizon 2020 projects.

Read more about the Horizon 2020 projects

Want to find out more about Safer Internet Centre (SIC) services and resources in your country?

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