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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In the spotlight: Safer Internet Centre Belgium

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. From 5-6 December 2019, the Safer Internet Centre in Belgium was visited, bringing together a group of diverse stakeholders and SIC consortium partners at the Child Focus office in Brussels.

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BIK Youth Ambassadors: Making the best of digital technologies during lockdown

  • Youth
  • 04/05/2020
  • BIK Team

The global lockdown induced by the coronavirus pandemic has caused fundamental changes to the lifestyles of young people around the world. One of these consequences is their increased reliance on digital technologies – to maintain a social life, to study, to access culture, to express their creativity, and more. The BIK Youth Ambassadors share their insights and tips to cope with this new reality in the best way possible.

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Internet Safe and Fun – An awareness initiative in partnership with industry

  • Awareness
  • 30/04/2020
  • Belgian Safer Internet Centre

On  Wednesday, 4 March 2020, the Belgian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) Child Focus worked with the private sector for the tenth year to raise awareness among fifth and sixth grade children of the importance of the safe use of the internet and social networks through the "Internet Safe and Fun" prevention programme. 

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Safer Internet Day Committees and Supporters – resources in response to COVID-19

As children and young people spend increased time online during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we have an ever-more-essential duty to ensure that they have access to a high-quality digital environment where they can learn, connect and exchange with their families and friends, have fun, discover the world, and express their creativity.

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Safety recommendations for distance learning for Portuguese schools

  • Awareness
  • 29/04/2020
  • Portuguese Safer Internet Centre

The Directorate-General for Education from the Portuguese Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the National Cybersecurity Centre and the National Data Protection Commission, have produced a set of recommendations and guidelines for teachers and educators to abide by when using digital technologies to support distance learning.

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Friend Zone, a digital escape game for teenagers

  • Awareness
  • 28/04/2020
  • Belgian Safer Internet Centre

In Belgium, Technopolis officially introduced Friend Zone, a brand-new digital escape game developed by IBM, Child Focus, LUCA School of Arts and Technopolis. The game connects to the world of young people aged 14-18 and presents them with a series of digital and social challenges related to hacking, sexting, privacy, new technologies and disinformation. Schools can book the game.

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Children's screen time during homeschooling and coronavirus

  • Awareness
  • 27/04/2020
  • Austrian Safer Internet Centre

Ever since schools have closed in Austria, remote teaching has become children's new daily reality. Some children perceive it as the freedom to structure their day between leisure and working time independently, while others – especially those with learning difficulties and their parents - struggle with homeschooling. Another consequence of the COVID-19 crisis is that children's screen time has significantly surged.

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Staying safe online while social distancing – Top tips from the BIK Youth Ambassadors

  • Youth
  • 27/04/2020
  • BIK Team

The global lockdown induced by the coronavirus pandemic has caused fundamental changes to the lifestyles of young people around the world. One of these consequences is their increased reliance on digital technologies – to maintain a social life, to study, to access culture, to express their creativity, and more. The BIK Youth Ambassadors share their tips to cope with this new reality in the best way possible.

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Veilig Online goes European

  • Awareness
  • 24/04/2020
  • Belgian Safer Internet Centre

Safely Online (in Flemish, Veilig Online) is a joint initiative from Gezinsbond and Child Focus. It has several interactive modules and focuses mainly on online safety parenting tips. This project will be extended in Europe in the framework of an Erasmus+ project. 

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Empowering the next generation of women in ICT

On Thursday, 23 April 2020, we celebrate International Girls in ICT Day, a global observance initiated by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), aiming to "create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls to consider studies and careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICT)".

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