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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Misinformation and freedom of expression – the case of the Albanian "anti-defamation package"

  • Research
  • 29/06/2020
  • Dr Nertil Bërdufi, Founder and Director of Beder Legal Clinic

On Thursday, 11 June 2020, at the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG 2020), the Insafe network of European Safer Internet Centres (SICs), represented by Sabrina Vorbau, Project Manager at European Schoolnet (EUN) and Youth Coordinator on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) project and Joachim Kind, Head of EU Networks at the Media Authority of Rhineland-Palatinate (LMK) and spokesperson for the German Safer Internet Centre (SIC), hosted a workshop on "Social media – opportunities, rights and responsibilities", looking at the limitations and pitfalls of freedom of speech on the internet from multiple stakeholder perspectives. In this article, Dr Nertil Bërdufi, Assistant Professor at University College Beder and Founder and Director of Beder Legal Clinic, discusses the case of Albania to highlight the societal and security impact of disinformation, as well as the governments' controversial attempt at regulating it. 

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June 2020 BIK bulletin - Focus on freedom of expression online in the age of disinformation

On Thursday, 11 June 2020, at the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG 2020), the Insafe network of European Safer Internet Centres (SICs) hosted a workshop on "Social media – opportunities, rights and responsibilities", looking at the limitations and pitfalls of freedom of speech on the internet from multiple stakeholder perspectives. Here, we reflect on the topic, with additional contributions from some of the workshop speakers.

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ITU publishes 2020 Guidelines on Child Online Protection

On Tuesday, 23 June 2020, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) launched its new 2020 Guidelines on Child Online Protection (COP), a set of recommendations for children, parents, educators, industry and policy makers on how to contribute to the development of a safe and empowering online environment for children and young people. 

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Safe remote learning and teaching in times of lockdown

  • Awareness
  • 18/06/2020
  • Portuguese Safer Internet Centre

In times of lockdown, emergency remote teaching and learning has become the new normal. To ensure that this is carried out in a safe and secure way, the Portuguese Safer Internet Centre launched a campaign targeted to students on national television, and a series of webinars on the topic for teachers.

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CO:RE – A pan-European knowledge platform on digital technologies in the lives of children

The CO:RE – Children Online: Research and Evidence (CO:RE) project is a three-year long project funded by the European Commission in the framework of Horizon 2020, aiming to establish a pan-European knowledge platform on digital technologies in the lives of children and young people.

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The power of likes through the eyes of Greek SIC's Youth Panel

  • Youth
  • 12/06/2020
  • Greek Safer Internet Centre

Teenagers and adults are constantly bombarded with images depicting "perfect" bodies, faces, products and relationships, making them feel inadequate and urging them to have similar lifestyles.

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Bulgarian youth panellist named one of 12 "kid activists who are changing the world"

  • Youth
  • 11/06/2020
  • Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre

16-year-old Bulgarian youth panellist Milena Radoytseva was recently recognised as one of 12 kid activists who are changing their communities and the world for the better by The Washington Post. As a member of the Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre's Youth panel, Milena is making the internet safer for Bulgarian children and their families.

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Insafe network to discuss limitations to freedom of speech on social media at EuroDIG 2020

From Wednesday, 10 to Friday, 12 June 2020, the pan-European dialogue on internet governance (EuroDIG) will take place online. On Thursday, 11 June 2020, the Insafe network will host a workshop on "Social media – opportunities, rights and responsibilities".

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#George's Room: A theatre play for young people on cyberbullying and online safety

  • Awareness
  • 09/06/2020
  • Cypriot Safer Internet Centre

CYTA, an organisation part of the Cypriot Safer Internet Centre (SIC) has produced a theatre play on cyberbullying for high school students, called #George's Room. It has been performed in 350 schools in the country, for two consecutive academic years (2018/19 and 2019/20).

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In the spotlight: Safer Internet Centres in Estonia and Finland

As part of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Quality Assurance Programme (QAP), the Insafe-INHOPE Coordination Teams are jointly conducting a set of ten country visits to national Safer Internet Centres (SICs) to better understand what is happening in the Member States: monitoring emerging issues and challenges, identifying good practices to be shared, and harvesting the results of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) policy. Exchange of good practices and identifying further opportunities for collaboration was also the focus of a cluster meeting organised between the Safer Internet Centres in Estonia and Finland on 9-10 December 2019, hosted at the Sofia Future Farm in Helsinki.

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