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Young people's mental health: the role of technology and social media

On 26 April 2016, European Schoolnet was represented at the ‘Young people's mental health in Europe: promoting prevention and early intervention through multi-sector cooperation' symposium. Organised by Public Policy Exchange, the event brought together policymakers, stakeholders and experts with the opportunity to informally discuss measures taken and to be taken to improve mental health for young people in Europe. 

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Happy World Intellectual Property Day!

Since 2000, 26 April is the day when World Intellectual Property Day is celebrated around the globe, highlighting how intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) can boost creativity and innovation. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), intellectual property (IP) points to "creations of the mind, such as inventions, literary and artistic works, designs, and symbols, names and images used in commerce".
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eSafety in the classroom… everyday!

  • Awareness
  • 25/04/2016
  • Battling Brook Community Primary School (UK)
On the occasion of Safer Internet Day (SID) 2016, we asked schools to let us know how they celebrated the day. Here, we hear from Battling Brook Community Primary School in Leicestershire in the UK.
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Human Rights Council on the Rights of the Child: ICT and child sexual exploitation

On 7 March 2016, INHOPE attended the United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC) full day on the Rights of the Child at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Preventing child sexual exploitation and enhancing children's protection through information and communication technologies was a top concern of the session, at its title clearly indicates.
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GDPR from a youth perspective

At the end of March 2016 we published the latest edition of the BIK bulletin with a special focus on the topic of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Yesterday, the new legislation was adopted. In this article, three members of the Danish youth panel express their views on what the changes might mean for them, with particular reference to Article 8 which could have repercussions on the use of social media for young people under 16 as parental consent is now needed.

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Insafe network meets to discuss the impact of technology on the health and wellbeing of children and young people

Today, the Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres begins a two-day meeting in Larnaca, Cyprus, exchanging knowledge and experience about the latest online issues and trends, considering what the future of technology holds and how it may impact the work of Awareness Centres and Helplines in Europe. 

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ICMEC publishes new report

INHOPE's partners and friends at ICMEC (international Centre for Missing & Exploited Children) recently issued the 8th edition of their report Child Pornography: Model Legislation and Global Review
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Twitter Q&A session

The Insafe network of European Safer Internet Centres hosted a Twitter Q&A session on 14 April 2016, answering questions from users about online safety topics. The Twitter Q&A session focused on four key areas: cyberbullying, online relationships, big data and copyright.  These were the topics debated during the recent eSafety eTwinning learning event which provided information and tips, as well as fostered debate, on online safety for teachers.
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Online extremism and radicalisation

Online extremism is an issue that has received a great deal of attention in recent months. Especially after the terrorist attacks in November 2015 in Paris, the subsequent Brussels lockdown due to high-level terrorist alert and the attacks in March 2016, the fear that young people can be groomed online in Europe by violent extremists and terrorists and encouraged to leave their home countries in order to join IS (Islamic State) in Iraq or Syria has grown, along with another fear that, through immersion in violent extremist cyberspaces, vulnerable young people can also be radicalised to carry out attacks in their home countries.

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New EU rules on data protection approved at the European Parliament

  • News
  • 14/04/2016
  • BIK team

Today, the European Parliament has adopted new EU data protection legislation replacing the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive. Proposed by the European Commission in 2012 and agreed upon by the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission in December 2015, the new legislation has designed a set of rules providing citizens with more information and control over their own private information in the digital age, including protecting and expanding the scope of the right to be forgotten ruling in law. Additionally, the legislation aims to ease the process of setting up companies envisaging to strengthen the development of the Digital Single Market.

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