NEWS

On this page, you'll find a selection of general news articles corresponding to creating a safer and better internet for children and young people.

Further articles by stakeholder group - awareness raising, helplines, hotlines, industry, research and youth - are available in the practice section.

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All you need to know about the effects of online gaming on teenagers

  • Awareness
  • 18/11/2019
  • Portuguese Safer Internet Centre

In September 2019, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Portuguese Safer Internet Centre (SIC) participated in a round table on addictive behaviours on the topic "Game and screen – Interaction and hazards". 

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End Child Sex Abuse Day – Focus on child participation in INHOPE hotlines

The internet and new technologies have brought a new dimension to the sexual exploitation of children. To mark the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse – also known as End Child Sex Abuse Day – on Monday, 18 November 2019, we take a closer look at the work of INHOPE hotlines to put an end to the (re-)circulation of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online.

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Gezinsbond and Child Focus look back on their participation in the #SaferInternet4EU Awards

At the 2018 edition of the Safer Internet Forum, Belgian organisations Gezinsbond and Child Focus won first prize in the "Organisations" category of the #SaferInternet4EU Awards; an initiative launched by Commissioner Mariya Gabriel as part of a year-long campaign to support children, young people, parents, teachers, and other EU citizens to become empowered and responsible digital users. One year later, they look back on this experience and how it has enabled them to take their parents' training programme – Veilig Online or Safely Online – further.

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Celebrating the Global Media and Information Literacy Week in Portugal

  • Awareness
  • 15/11/2019
  • Portuguese Safer Internet Centre

Contemporary societies require citizens with media and information literacy (MIL) skills. To be able to engage in today's knowledge society, citizens need to acquire a set of competences that enable them to critically understand and use media and information in one of the following forms: information literacy, media literacy (for films, gaming, television) digital literacy.

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A closer look at online hate speech for the International Day for Tolerance

Saturday, 16 November 2019 marks the United Nations International Day for Tolerance. This observance has been celebrated every year since 1995, when the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) adopted its Declaration of Principles on Tolerance.

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Nationwide action plan against bullying and cyberbullying in Portuguese schools

  • Awareness
  • 14/11/2019
  • Portuguese Safer Internet Centre

Concerned with the bullying and cyberbullying phenomena and their potential impact on children and young people's development, the Portuguese Ministry of Education set up a "Fighting and Preventing Bullying and Cyberbullying Plan" for schools to implement. 

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Cyprus – Parents' guide to safe and responsible use of the internet

  • Awareness
  • 13/11/2019
  • Cyprus Safer Internet Centre

The Cyprus Safer Internet Centre recently released a parents' guide regarding the safe and responsible use of the internet.

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Best practices on digital inclusion and literacy for all

  • Awareness
  • 12/11/2019
  • Portuguese Safer Internet Centre

The Portuguese Safer Internet Centre (SIC) was invited to give a presentation at the 13th International Conference – Keeping children and young people safe online that took place in Warsaw, Poland, on the Tuesday, 17 and Wednesday, 18 September 2019, on the topic of "Digital Inclusion and Literacy for All".

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Top tips on making youth participation work

  • Awareness
  • 08/11/2019
  • Dutch Safer Internet Centre

Over the last few years, the Dutch Safer Internet Centre (SIC) has managed quite well to get young people to participate actively in events related to better internet issues. One of the SIC's main missions is to make youth participation self-evident for partners, and for this purpose, the SIC shares a few lessons learned on youth participation below.

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Cyprus – New curriculum for development of digital skills in primary schools

  • Awareness
  • 07/11/2019
  • Cyprus Safer Internet Centre

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth of Cyprus introduced a new curriculum for new technologies, at years 5 and 6 of primary education. It consists in a separate subject, developing a subject module called "Health Education – Home Economics / Design and Technology – New Technologies". This addition is expected to strengthen the mainstreaming of digital skills in all school subjects.

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