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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Luxembourg SIC launches back to school package

  • Awareness
  • 08/09/2020
  • Luxembourgish Safer Internet Centre

The Luxembourgish Safer Internet Centre (SIC), BEE SECURE, has created and updated a series of training concepts for the new school year.

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#Back2School with Better Internet for Kids (BIK)

As schools across Europe are progressively reopening, the #Back2School with Better Internet for Kids (BIK) campaign will showcase the resources and activities provided by the Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs) for this season. 

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FSM's role of self-regulation under NetzDG

  • Hotlines
  • 04/09/2020
  • FSM, the German hotline

The Voluntary Self-Regulation for Multimedia Service Providers (FSM), German hotline, was recognised by the Federal Office of Justice as the first institution of regulated self-regulation under the Network Enforcement Act (NetzDG) fulfilling the prerequisites of independence and proper transparent procedure.

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Portuguese Digital Leaders attend Virtual Educa Connect 2020

  • Youth
  • 03/09/2020
  • Portuguese Safer Internet Centre

On Thursday, 23 July 2020, the Portuguese Digital Leaders attended the Virtual Educa Connect 2020 online conference, the largest international virtual meeting on innovation in education for social transformation. More specifically, the group was involved in a panel discussion on "Digital Citizenship: Risks and Challenges in the ‘New Normal'".

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Investigating the dynamics of illegal online activity

  • Hotlines
  • 01/09/2020
  • SafeLine, the Greek hotline

In order to shed light on the operations of SafeLine and its seventeen years of successful operation as a member of INHOPE, the Greek Safer Internet Centre (SIC) has published a research paper about the power of reporting illegal activity online, the dark web and the related legislation. 

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Maltese hotline revamps online reporting system

  • Hotlines
  • 31/08/2020
  • ChildWebAlert, the Maltese hotline

ChildWebAlert, Malta's national online platform for the reporting of child sexual abuse material, has recently undergone a revamp. The refreshed site offers a more user-friendly experience and has been optimised for mobile devices.

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European Commission and UNESCO launch #ThinkBeforeYouShare campaign

The coronavirus crisis has been accompanied by a wave of misinformation and disinformation online, including various conspiracy theories. To address this new challenge, the European Commission (EC) and UNESCO recently launched a set of ten pedagogical infographics helping citizens identify, debunk and counter conspiracy theories, as part of a joint awareness campaign titled #ThinkBeforeYouShare.

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Blue Whale challenge: what is it and what should you do?

  • Awareness
  • 21/08/2020
  • Belgian Safer Internet Centre

After a resurgence of the Blue Whale challenge online – which has been found to be a hoax – the Belgian awareness centre, Child Focus, has issued some simple tips for children and young people (and parents) on how to handle it should concerns arise. 

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Apetail Years 2020 study now released

  • Awareness
  • 20/08/2020
  • Belgian Safer Internet Centre

Apetail Years is a study of media ownership and use by children between the age of 6 and 12, and young people aged 12-18 in Flanders, conducted by Mediaraven, Mediawijs and imec-MICT-UGent every two years. Belgian awareness centre Child Focus was also involved. The results for Wallonia will be published at the end of 2020. These results provide interesting insight into how young people deal with the news, current events and societal debate.

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#SERJOVEMEMCASA: a campaign for Portuguese youth in lockdown

  • Youth
  • 19/08/2020
  • Portuguese Safer Internet Centre

On European Youth Information Day, celebrated on Friday, 17 April 2020, the Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth (IPDJ), member of the Portuguese Safer Internet Centre (SIC), launched the #SERJOVEMEMCASA (Being young at home) campaign, to encourage and promote online projects by and for young people.

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