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- Maltese Safer Internet Centre
Nowadays, children are extremely at ease with digital technologies, the internet and social media platforms. As highlighted in a 2018 study commissioned by the BeSmartOnline! project, Maltese children aged 9-16 spend an average of over three hours per day online. With children being such voracious consumers of online content, it is imperative for them to understand the notion of online respect towards their friends, family, social groups, teachers and schools.Read more
- Telefono Azzuro, the Italian hotline
The cooperation between Greece and Italy on the protection of children through actions and initiatives was the leading theme of the event held on 22 October 2019 at the Italian Cultural Institute in Athens, promoted by The Smile of the Child and Telefono Azzurro.Read more
- Maltese Safer Internet Centre
Out of all the issues related to children and young people's online safety, screen time – and the potentially beneficial or detrimental consequences associated with it – is probably the most debated one. Dunstan Hamilton, Education Officer for Personal, Social and Career Development (PSCD) at the Maltese Safer Internet Centre (SIC), weighs in on the topic.Read more
- French Safer Internet Centre
After launching a large digital parenting survey during Safer Internet Day 2019, French Safer Internet Centre (SIC) "Internet sans Crainte" ("Internet Without Fear") has created a new dedicated family-centred resource to promote good digital practices at home.Read more
- Irish Safer Internet Centre
The Irish Safer Internet Centre (SIC) introduces "Connected", a short film they produced, exploring how young people communicate and connect online.Read more
- Polish Safer Internet Centre
How much time does your child spend online? This – among dozens of others – was the question that researchers from NASK, a public Polish research institute based in Warsaw, asked thousands of parents and school children. Below, Filip Konopczyński shares the study's main highlights.Read more
- Greek Safer Internet Centre
Today, more than ever, our data is extensively shared – both willingly and unwillingly – through our electronic devices, mobile phones, downloaded applications, gadgets, smartwatches, games, and so on. Our data is collected, from known and unknown sources, all around us.Read more
- German Safer Internet Centre
With the holidays coming up, the German Safer Internet Centre (SIC) takes a closer look at smart speakers, which have probably made their way to many children's wishlists, and shares advice on safe use for parents.Read more
- Estonian Safer Internet Centre
Increasingly, children's environments are very media oriented, and they are starting to use smart devices at an ever-younger age. Elina Nevski, lecturer at Tallinn University School of Educational Sciences, explains precisely why digital devices can be beneficial or detrimental to toddlers' development, and how parents can make the most of it.Read more
- Dutch Safer Internet Centre
When do you choose to be "on" or "off"? It's with this question that the tenth edition of the Dutch Media Literacy Week kicked off, taking place from Friday, 8 to Friday, 15 November 2019. The Dutch Safer Internet Centre (SIC) looks back on a wonderful campaign with more than 200 activities all over the country and online.Read more