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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- Dyżurnet.pl, the Polish hotline
In 2017, the Dyżurnet.pl team (the hotline component of the Polish Safer Internet Centre (SIC)) analysed 13,962 reports. Of these, 2,459 have been classified as child sexual abuse material (CSAM) and 1,339 relate to the publication of illegal images of minors in a sexual context (child sexual exploitation material). These are the largest number of material reported so far. From the reports received, experts from Dyżurnet.pl confirmed CSAM in 2,184 cases.Read more
- Telefono Azzurro, Italian hotline
On 5 May 2018, the Italian National Day against Pedophilia and Child Pornography*, SOS Il Telefono Azzurro Onlus (one of two internet hotlines operating in the country, and member of INHOPE, the international association of internet hotlines) organised a conference titled "Sexual abuse and pedophilia: Knowing the phenomenon to break the silence". Discussions focused on the importance of multi-disciplinary and multi-level collaboration between different players.Read more
- Insafe network
Today, the Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs) begins a two-day training meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark. The meeting aims to facilitate experience and good-practice sharing across the network on a range of topical online safety issues, while continuing to enhance the collaborative learning community that has developed within the network. Once again, Open Space Technology will be used during the meeting as a method of encouraging interaction and debate.Read more
- COFACE Families Europe
COFACE Families Europe has recently published the May 2018 edition of its newsletter.Read more
- Insafe helpline network
A number of Insafe helplines and other stakeholders are joining together today in Copenhagen, Denmark, for a focus group meeting to consider emerging issues for, and effectiveness of, internet safety helplines.Read more
- BIK Team
Friday, 25 May 2018 marked a turning point in Europe in terms of data protection thanks to the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which came into force precisely one week ago. The GDPR, however, is a very complex set of regulations leaving many a company and professional confused. When it comes to children and youth in particular, it is even more important that they know their rights under the new legislation, in order to be in control of their personal data.Read more
- BIK Team
To foster Europeans' interest in internet governance issues and to ensure that a proper dialogue takes place on a regular basis and in a participatory manner, EuroDIG - the European Dialogue on Internet Governance - was established in 2008 as an open, multi-stakeholder platform as a key European point of reference on exchanging views about the internet and how it is governed. EuroDIG is not a conference, it is more of a year-round dialogue on politics and digitisation across the whole European continent, culminating in an annual event.Read more
- Tessa Daniels, Guest blogger
Here on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal, our aim is to provide a multistakeholder platform showcasing a range of viewpoints and experiences on keeping children and young people safe online. As such, we welcome guest blog posts on our areas of focus. We were recently contacted by Tessa Daniels, who shared with us her views on helping teens stay safe from cyberbullying, especially if transitioning to a new educational settingRead more
- BIK Team
- Ingrida Milkaite and Eva Lievens, Ghent University
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force across Europe on 25 May 2018. While there is still some work to be done, this update of the mapping of the implementation of article 8 GDPR reflects the most recent decisions that have been made in relation to the age of consent in the 28 EU Member States - please note, this may still be subject to further changes across the coming weeks and months.Read more