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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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Belgian awareness centre releases 2019 annual report

  • Awareness
  • 17/08/2020
  • Belgian Safer Internet Centre

In May 2020, Belgian awareness centre Child Focus published its annual report, a snapshot of the past year with trends and points for attention, and an opportunity to remember that Child Focus is not only the Foundation for Missing Children, but also for sexually exploited children. No effort is too much and, more than ever, the centre's attention remains focused on the most vulnerable young people. In this article, we look specifically at the results concerning online safety. 

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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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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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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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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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Belgian Safer Internet Centre: COVID-19 resources

The Belgian Safer Internet Centre has launched a number of initiatives and resources (in French or Dutch) on staying safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below you can find them organised by topic.

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Together for a better internet on Safer Internet Day in Belgium

  • Awareness
  • 30/03/2020
  • Belgian Safer Internet Centre

On Tuesday, 11 February 2020, the world celebrated Safer Internet Day (SID) with the theme "Together for a better internet!". Belgian young people, just like their European peers, have a real passion for the internet, but don't always use it safely. Therefore, the goal of SID is to promote a rich, creative, but also safe digital experience among young people.

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Safer Internet Day 2019: A tool to make a pledge for a better internet in Belgium

  • Awareness
  • 21/03/2019
  • Belgian Safer Internet Centre

For Safer Internet Day (SID) 2019, the Belgian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) developed an online pledging tool – which Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society tried on Tuesday 5, February 2019 at the Child Focus headquarters. 

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