Lithuanian Safer Internet Centre

Awareness centre

Description:
The Lithuanian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) constantly develops and supports tools, methods and resources promoting internet safety awareness. Resources are being developed for various target groups:
  • For kids and adolescents – resources promoting safe online browsing, informing about the possible threats online and their prevention, raising awareness about positive online content, encouraging them to be creators of positive online content.
  • For parents and care-takers – resources improving the online safety knowledge and educational advices to pass digital skills and online safety skills to their kids.
  • For teachers, social workers and other educators – resources, lesson plans that could be used during the educational activities.
Awareness raising is carried out through organising national campaigns (most important are Safer Internet Day and Week, All Digital Week), participation in local and national events, organising online and offline trainings to teachers, meeting with students during seminars or at summer camps, and promotion of online safety using traditional and social media.
 
One of the main awareness-raising tools in Lithuania is the national SIC website, www.draugiskasinternetas.lt, which is dedicated to the dissemination of all safer internet awareness-raising resources and related activities. CITE maintains the website as an awareness-raising instrument for Lithuanian society and the educational community, and coordinates the main activities of the awareness centre.
Lithuanian SIC logoLitunanian CITE logo
Email address: info@draugiskasinternetas.lt Website: http://www.draugiskasinternetas.lt Social media: https://www.facebook.com/draugiskas.internetas/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCphVHWnAbv7IJZrsB7bBBJA

Helpline

Description:
Child Line, established in 1997, provides free and anonymous help to the children and teenagers by phone and online. Child Line consultants listen to all the children's stories and try to find ways together to solve their difficulties, and to encourage them to share their worries with the people they trust. If necessary, children are referred to other institutions. Currently 200 consultants out of whom 190 are volunteers provide help to children and teenagers.
 
The functions of Child Line within the framework of safer internet are:
  • to provide support services for children and teenagers by answering online questions and telephone calls from children related to their use of online technologies, particularly in relation to harmful contact (grooming), harmful conduct (cyberbullying), harmful content and uncomfortable or scary experiences in using online technologies.
     
  • to consult parents online on the issues of child safety on the internet.

Lithuanian helpline logo

Email address: vilnius@vaikulinija.lt Website: http://www.vaikulinija.lt Social media: https://www.facebook.com/vaikulinija https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4dOD8cuA8BSWJrXJUo_blQ

Hotline

Description:
The hotline was established by RRT (Communications Regulatory Authority of the Republic of Lithuania) in 2007, in the framework of the Safer Internet Programme of the EC. The hotline has been a member of INHOPE (International Association of Internet Hotlines) since 2008.
 
Reports are accepted and processed according to the operational procedures manual approved by the Police Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania and by the Office of the Inspector of Journalist Ethics of the Republic of Lithuania under agreements with the RRT.
 
Reports on illegal or harmful content, such as pornography or child sexual abuse material (CSAM), content inciting racial or ethnic hatred, cyberbullying, content leading to violence or making other negative influence on minors can be submitted by completing a special online report form at https://pranesk.draugiskasinternetas.lt.
 
Lithuanian hotline logo
Email address: hotline@esaugumas.lt Website: https://pranesk.draugiskasinternetas.lt Social media: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETnersjsPgQ&list=PLsX4_OlRurlOYgBvsIDOz0v9qOMiP7i5k

Youth participation

Description:

The main idea of youth participation in Lithuania is to encourage youth to create YouTube channel  „Jaunimo forumas" videos and blogs while promoting a better internet for kids. Through the Safer Internet Youth Panel, children and young people can express their views and exchange knowledge and experiences about online safety. For this goal, the Lithuanian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) arranges a wide range of creative activities and various competitions, where it tries to involve more young people not only as the audience but as actors too.

Lithuanian youth panel logo

Email address: sijaunimof@gmail.com Website: http://www.draugiskasinternetas.lt/lt/youth/jaunimo_forumas Social media: https://www.facebook.com/sijfLT/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWETH4cnV3yMtMUZqARf8Ow/featured?view_as=subscriber

Key successes

A consortium of four partners operates the national SIC in Lithuania. CITE coordinates implementation of the project and awareness centre activities, promoting youth initiatives as well. LIA implements awareness raising and training activities, RRT is responsible for the hotline, and Child Line manages the helpline.
 
An awareness campaign related to the annual Safer Internet Day (SID) events is always organised jointly by all Lithuanian SIC partners, using the many opportunities, which brings the national cooperation. SID is celebrated on the European, national and regional level in many Lithuanian schools, and Safer Internet Week has become an annual Lithuanian tradition as well.
 
An annual activity which the SIC participates in is the exhibition "SCHOOL": a national annual event for the education community with nearly 20,000 visitors. At this exhibition, the SIC team promotes its main services and encourages the audience to participate in safer internet activities such as becoming Youth Forum Members, Safer Internet Ambassadors, and so on. The exhibition allows SIC staff to meet face to face with all target groups and directly hand out offline materials. It allows the SIC to communicate on key topics to specific target groups, and especially to parents; a target group which often proves the most difficult to reach.
 
It has become a tradition to meet with students or teachers every year with a campaign ‘Safe online during summer time!'. The campaign, which first took place in 2015, is organised in children's summer camps to raise awareness about internet safety.
 
The SIC developed a certification programme of Safer Internet Ambassadors (SIA) based on the best European practice and trained more than 400 schoolteachers in Lithuania in 2017-18. Maintainance of the SIA community and youth panel are ongoing, whiles strengthening media and information literacy skills in these groups.
 
Lithuanian Safer Internet Centre event

Key partners/supporters

National support is provided by approximately 20 companies and organisations.
 
The constant supporters of the Lithuanian SIC are:
  • Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Office of the Inspector of Journalist Ethics of the Republic of Lithuania
  • The Children's Rights Ombudsman of the Republic of Lithuania
  • The Police Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Lithuanian Research and Education Network (LITNET)
  • National Digital Coalition

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania Email address: info@draugiskasinternetas.lt Phone: +370-5-2356150 Fax: +370-5-2356155 Website: http://www.draugiskasinternetas.lt

Additional links/resources

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