Industry-oriented Positive Online Content Focus Group to wrap up the Awareness Month
- BIK Team
The Positive Online Content Awareness Month may well be approaching its end, but its culminating point is yet to come. Taking place on Thursday, 26 September 2019, the industry-oriented Focus Group will be bringing together a number of stakeholders surrounding the world of online content for children.
Producers and providers of digital content and services for children undoubtedly play the biggest role in ensuring that children nowadays have access to the most appropriate, safe, informative and empowering online experiences they can have right from the beginning. Both large and small, independent producers have this responsibility upon designing, developing and distributing content for children.
It is with them in mind that the Positive Online Content criteria checklist has been developed – aiming to help them tick as many boxes, to the largest extent for every digital content that is aimed at children aged between 0 and 12 years, in order to ensure a Better Digital Childhood for every child out there!
Click on the image to download the full criteria checklist!
What is it about?
For the Positive Online Content Focus Group a select group of content producers and providers of children's content will be meeting in Brussels to discuss and share best practices about the challenges of providing safe, educational and entertaining content for children, incorporating their needs and ensuring they use age-appropriate services only, as well as looking into creating synergies for sustainable, ethical and successful content for children.
Who will be there?
The meeting brings around the table a varied group of stakeholders, ranging from big tech companies to small, independent producers of online content for children, but also representatives of Safer Internet Centres, the European Commission and civil society. The results of this internal discussions will contribute to a set of best practice guidelines on the importance of positive online content for children which will be published on the occasion of Safer Internet Day 2020.
What will it be about?
On the one hand, the meeting will analyse the state of play of positive online content in the changing technological landscape and will then delve into the main challenges that producers and providers of positive content for children face nowadays. This may range from involving their target users into the creation and testing process, to striking the right balance among the fun and safety features of the products and finally how it is possible to ensure that children only access age-appropriate services.
On the other, within the Focus Group we will be looking into the future of positive online content for children – how can companies make the production of online content for children sustainable from a financial point of view, while also respecting the basic criteria of non-monetisation of children's content?
Finally, we will be looking into finding out the kind of support and synergies which could benefit producers and providers of online content for children and how their efforts can be made more visible at European level and through the Better internet for Kids (BIK) agenda.
If you would like to get more articles, tips and information about positive online content, be sure to subscribe to the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) bulletin, to be released on Monday, 30 September 2019. This edition which will place a further spotlight on this topic as the Positive Online Content Awareness Month draws to a close.
If you'd like to find out more about the upcoming event, we invite you to keep an eye on our social media channels by following the #PositiveContent and #BetterDigitalChildhood hashtags and to keep an eye on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal and Positive Online Content minisite.
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