Have you joined the movement for a happier world?
- BIK Team
Since 2013, each year on 20 March, the United Nations (UN) celebrates the International Day of Happiness as a way of recognising the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world.
Founded in 2012, the United Nations created the International Day of Happiness through adopting UN Resolution 66/281 in order to achieve two goals:
- To establish a set of principles for addressing the complex, interrelated challenges faced by humankind in the ultimate quest to achieve happiness.
- To promote, preserve and celebrate the principles outlined in UN Resolutions 65/309 and 66/281, especially that happiness is a universal human right and goal.
In 2015, the UN launched 17 sustainable development goals that seek to end poverty, reduce inequality and protect our planet – three key aspects that lead to wellbeing and happiness. For the 2017 edition of the International Day of Happiness, UN will be disseminating information about events and campaigns that have been registered through its designated website to spread happiness and celebrate the day. Additional UN resources and reports supporting the international day of celebration can be found here.
Back in 2016, the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) team published an article to mark the International Day of Happiness with a brief overview of activities tackling the wellbeing of internet users, especially when thinking of children and young people. Since the 2016 celebration, the Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs) in Europe has been very active in engaging with awareness-raising activities and resources for the wellbeing and happiness of online users, from children and young people to teachers, parents and careers. Examples include:
- For Safer Internet Day 2017, a resource titled "My well-being and yours: Respect begins with me!" was launched, in cooperation with ENABLE, as a new chapter in the popular Web We Want handbook.
- In October 2016, the Insafe Coordinator participated in a Mental Health Day 2016 event at the European Parliament in Brussels, contributing to a panel debate entitled "Mental health and young people in the digital age: addressing risks, seizing opportunities".
- In April 2016, the Insafe network met in Cyprus for a Training meeting to discuss the impact of technology on the health and wellbeing of children and young people.
Furthermore, on an ongoing basis, SICs provide further assistance to children and young people whenever they encounter issues online through the work of a network of helplines.
For more resources aiming to support online wellbeing and happiness for youth, parents, carers or teachers, see the Better Internet for Kids Resource gallery.
The UN message for the 2017 International Day of Happiness is to choose happiness and share your happiness also by using hashtags #SmallSmurfsBigGoals, #internationaldayofhappiness, #happinessday, #choosehappiness, #createhappiness or #makeithappy. For this day of celebration, we encourage you to include @safeinternetday, @Paneuyouth, @insafenetwork or @BIK_EU in any happy online moments that you want to share for the benefit of a better internet for children and young people.
- eSafety Label
On 22 September 2015, the Flemish Ministry of Education organised a conference about the eSafety Label project. Around 100 participants – ICT coordinators, teachers and experts – from across the Flemish Community came together in Brussels to learn more about the implementation of eSafety standards in school.
- BIK Coordination Team
The third edition of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) bulletin has now been published. This quarterly bulletin aims to keep you informed of safer and better internet issues and opportunities across Europe and beyond.
- Austrian Safer Internet Centre
At present, all educators, trainers or other people who work with children and digital technologies face the same situation. Digital media's ever-evolving challenges – such as users' fast changing online behaviour as well as a constant flow of new tools, new internet technologies and new ways of online communication – raise new questions and demand new solutions. Therefore, it is essential for people engaged in Safer Internet trainings to stay up to date and constantly gain expertise in new topics. Online radicalisation and online jihadism are among the most challenging topics from recent months.