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.

Further articles by stakeholder group - awareness raising, helplines, hotlines, industry, research and youth - are available in the practice section.

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Promoting the 4Rs of online safety for Safer Internet Day in Australia

  • Awareness
  • 01/04/2019
  • Office of the eSafety Commissioner, the Australian Safer Internet Day Committee

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is the Australian Safer Internet Day (SID) Committee. In addition to the official theme "Together for a better internet", the organisation encouraged all Australians to collaborate with their communities and support each other in developing the critical skills required for navigating the online world, known as the 4Rs – Respect, Resilience, Reasoning and Responsibility.

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Better Internet for Kids (BIK) bulletin

The Better Internet for Kids (BIK) bulletin is a quarterly electronic newsletter with the aim of keeping you informed on better internet issues.

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Media literacy, a key component of 21st century education

In each edition of the BIK bulletin, we look at a topical issue – in the March 2019 edition, we focus on media literacy. According to medialit.org, media literacy provides a framework to access, analyse, evaluate and create messages in a variety of forms – from print, to video, to the internet. Media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for the citizens of a democracy.

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Latest helpline trends: Quarter 4, 2018

The Insafe network of helplines collects data about the types of calls that they receive and this is analysed every three months to look at trends and new and emerging issues.

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BEE SECURE takes a deep dive into disinformation at the Privacy Salon

  • Awareness
  • 28/03/2019
  • Luxembourg Safer Internet Centre

The Luxembourg digital Privacy Salon is a free event about privacy in a digital context, intended for everyone, where no prior technical expertise is assumed. It takes place around 10 times a year with a different topic each time and has been running for six years, with formal support from BEE SECURE (coordinators of the Luxembourg Safer Internet Centre (SIC)) since 2017.

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The cultivation of critical thinking is the only way to stop fake news

  • Awareness
  • 28/03/2019
  • Greek Safer Internet Centre

The spread of fake news is a frequent occurrence on the internet, but the emergence and popularity of social networking services has made its spread even more prevalent. Fake news, even that which clearly does not contain a trace of reality or logic, is now transmitted at the speed of lightning through social media, resulting in familiarity and acceptance of the so called news by a large proportion of the audience.

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jugend.support portal empowers German youth

  • Awareness
  • 28/03/2019
  • German Safer Internet Centre

jugend.support is an advice and support website addressing kids of 12 years and older. It was developed by order of the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) by partners within the German Safer Internet Centre (SIC). The awareness centre, klicksafe, manages the project in cooperation with the hotlines internet-beschwerdestelle.de (implemented by eco and FSM) and jugendschutz.net, the child helpline Nummer gegen Kummer, as well as the peer-to-peer project JUUUPORT.de.

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Preparing parents for a digital dialogue with their children

  • Awareness
  • 28/03/2019
  • Danish Safer Internet Centre

What are children doing with the media available to them? What are they playing? What kind of videos are they watching on the internet? Should you be worried? The questions are many and varied, and often parents feel left behind… so how do they get ahead of their children's online life?

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InfoHunter: Improve your media literacy skills and track fake news!

  • Awareness
  • 28/03/2019
  • French Safer Internet Centre

Today, a picture or a video can be manipulated in a thousand ways. We can lie on the caption of a photo or on the subtitles of a video and, with editing, we can alter history... So, how can we recognise the truth? How do we know if the content is reliable or not? Where, when, how and why was a photo taken? In an era of "fake news", it has become essential to know how to ask the right questions, how to track details, and to know about the tools that can help to ease this process. InfoHunter, a pedagogical resource from the French Safer Internet Centre (SIC), is a free digital course for teenagers to help them acquire good media literacy reflexes.

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The importance of staff welfare in the fight against online CSAM

INHOPE hotlines receive reports from the general public with potentially illegal photos and videos on child sexual abuse material (CSAM). In order to take the necessary actions to remove CSAM from the internet, content needs to be reviewed by a hotline analyst. However, viewing this content can be very harmful and disruptive to the mental health of an individual. Therefore, INHOPE's network of hotlines created a best practice guide on staff welfare and recently organised a panel discussion with hotlines outlining their effective methods to safeguard the wellbeing of analysts.

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