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.

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Hungarian hotline and prosecutor services sign cooperation agreement

  • Hotlines
  • 17/07/2019
  • Biztonsagosinternet, the Hungarian hotline

The "biztonsagosinternet.hu" hotline in Hungary is operated by the International Children's Safety Services (ICSS). However, in recent months, the departure of the previous analyst made it hard for the hotline to keep functioning properly. The position has since then been filled by a recent psychology graduate, who will also take over some tasks within the remit of the awareness centre.

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Giving the floor to youth at EuroDIG 2019: Their future, their voice, their right

  • Youth
  • 16/07/2019
  • BIK Youth

The opportunities for children that result from the widespread digital environment available today are undeniable and virtually limitless. However, such opportunities are accompanied with many risks such as cyberbullying, grooming, sexual abuse or other types of exploitation. It is, therefore, extremely important to enable children and young people to freely exercise their rights of access to information, social participation, freedom of expression and privacy in the digital world.

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World Youth Skills Day 2019 – Addressing the digital skills gap in Europe

  • Youth
  • 15/07/2019
  • BIK Team

Monday, 15 July 2019 marks World Youth Skills Day (WYSD), organised by the United Nations (more specifically the Permanent Missions of Portugal and Sri Lanka, UNESCO, ILO and the Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth). This year, UNESCO's theme is "Learning to learn for life and work".

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Portuguese initiative INCoDe.2030 presented at EuroDIG 2019

  • Awareness
  • 15/07/2019
  • Portuguese Safer Internet Centre

In June 2019, in the Hague, Netherlands, the Portuguese Safer Internet Centre (PT SIC) was invited to participate in the EuroDIG 2019 workshop "Transforming skills to meet innovation challenges".

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Increased focus on fighting illegal online content in Latvia

  • Awareness
  • 03/07/2019
  • Latvian Safer Internet Centre

In 2019, the number of reports concerning child sexual abuse material (CSAM) received by the hotline of the Latvian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) Drossinternets.lv has grown rapidly.

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Looking back on the June 2019 Insafe Training Meeting

  • Awareness
  • 02/07/2019
  • Portuguese Safer Internet Centre

The Portuguese Safer Internet Centre (SIC) participated in the latest Insafe Training Meeting, held in Crete, Greece, from Wednesday, 12 to Friday, 14 June 2019.

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Latvia: 16,000 young people take part in "Challenge your grey cells!"

  • Awareness
  • 01/07/2019
  • Latvian Safer Internet Centre

Launched in January 2019 by the Latvian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) Drossinternets.lv, the competition "Challenge your grey cells!" was the second large-scale knowledge test for pupils based on solving practical tasks.

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The GDPR child's age of consent for data processing across the EU – one year later (July 2019)

  • Awareness
  • 01/07/2019
  • Ingrida Milkaite and Eva Lievens, Ghent University

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entered into force more than a year ago, on 25 May 2018, yet our monitoring exercise concerning the implementation of article 8 GDPR is still ongoing with 2 Member States of the EU left to (formally) adopt their national implementation laws. 

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INHOPE statistics 2018

  • Hotlines
  • 28/06/2019
  • INHOPE (International Association of Hotlines)

Online distribution of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) is a rapidly expanding global problem and the INHOPE network is at the lead in facing this challenge. INHOPE is a global network of hotlines combating online CSAM with 46 hotlines in 41 countries. Hotlines enable the public to report online material, including potential CSAM, that they suspect to be illegal. The hotline will review and investigate each report. If confirmed as illegal, they work with partner hotlines in the network, law enforcement and industry to get the content removed, as rapidly as possible, from the internet.

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Advice for schools on responding to online challenges

  • Awareness
  • 28/06/2019
  • UK Safer Internet Centre

Online challenges and crazes have become a key trend to be aware of when supporting and educating young people about how to stay safe online. Challenges come in many forms and can involve upsetting, harmful or viral content. Over the last few years we have seen a range of online challenges. Some, such as the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge and the No Makeup Selfie, can promote and raise money for great causes. However, other challenges such as "pain challenges", and "Neck Nominate" videos can harm young people and adults who take part. It is important that – whether a challenge is rumoured or real – educators have the tools they need and are ready to deal with such challenges and are able to support young people.

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