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Back to school in Italy: focus on the #SuperErroriReloaded campaign

  • Awareness
  • 16/09/2020
  • Italian Safer Internet Centre

Italian students are ready to go back to school, and Italian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) Generazioni Connesse has planned a specific communication campaign to respond to this brand new scholastic year, to be right next to the students, the families and the teachers.

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Portuguese Digital Leaders attend Virtual Educa Connect 2020

  • Youth
  • 03/09/2020
  • Portuguese Safer Internet Centre

On Thursday, 23 July 2020, the Portuguese Digital Leaders attended the Virtual Educa Connect 2020 online conference, the largest international virtual meeting on innovation in education for social transformation. More specifically, the group was involved in a panel discussion on "Digital Citizenship: Risks and Challenges in the ‘New Normal'".

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European Commission and UNESCO launch #ThinkBeforeYouShare campaign

The coronavirus crisis has been accompanied by a wave of misinformation and disinformation online, including various conspiracy theories. To address this new challenge, the European Commission (EC) and UNESCO recently launched a set of ten pedagogical infographics helping citizens identify, debunk and counter conspiracy theories, as part of a joint awareness campaign titled #ThinkBeforeYouShare.

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Reduction in cyberbullying observed during lockdown in Latvia

  • Awareness
  • 04/08/2020
  • Latvian Safer Internet Centre

Despite restrictions related to the COVID-19 lockdown, Latvian students have managed to adapt to distance learning, and their overall experience has been mostly positive, as shown in the results of a survey conducted in May 2020 by Telia Company in the Nordic and Baltic states. 1,000 students aged 10-18 were interviewed in Latvia in cooperation with Drossinternets.lv, the Latvian Safer Internet Centre (SIC).

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Updates from the Finnish hotline

  • Hotlines
  • 31/07/2020
  • Save the Children Finland, the Finnish hotline

In Finland, in early July, the Ministry of Justice issued a draft to the Minister of Justice to suggest amendments to the Criminal Code regarding sexual offences.

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New Microsoft study reveals mixed online civility trends during COVID-19

  • Awareness
  • 24/07/2020
  • Jacqueline Beauchere, Global Digital Safety Advocate, Microsoft

Teenagers and adults in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region reported an uptick in online civility and more respectful digital interactions during the COVID-19 global pandemic, results from a new Microsoft research study show. Meanwhile, respondents in Latin America said online civility worsened, punctuated by an increase in the spread of false or misleading information.

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Flexibility is key – APLE Cambodia's online awareness campaigns during COVID-19

  • Hotlines
  • 23/07/2020
  • APLE Cambodia, the Cambodian Safer Internet Day (SID) Committee

In the midst of adversity, Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE) Cambodia is committed to overcome and adapt in order to stay focused on its most important goal: protecting children from online and offline sexual abuse and exploitation.

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World Youth Skills Day 2020 – Building young people's resilience to the pandemic through digital skills

Wednesday, 15 July 2020 marks World Youth Skills Day (WYSD), an annual observance organised by the United Nations (UN), an opportunity for various stakeholders to "acknowledge and celebrate the importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship".

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Adapting online safety messages during the COVID-19 pandemic in Greece

  • Awareness
  • 29/06/2020
  • Greek Safer Internet Centre

Τhe coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdown has brought many changes to the way adults and children in Greece use the internet, as well as the need for new online safety messages. Find out how the Greek Safer Internet Centre (SIC) has responded to the crisis.

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COVID-19 and INHOPE member hotlines

Strong and resilient, INHOPE member hotlines have continued the fight against child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online during the Coronavirus pandemic. Like many other sectors however, COVID 19 has had a significant impact on the work of hotlines. To classify illegal material and send the URLs to law enforcement or a hosting provider, hotlines have agreements with national authorities to allow them to review CSAM reports. To do this in a safe and secure manner, each hotline must have a secure area, available only to authorised staff. Illegal material can then only be reviewed through a computer with specific technical and physical security protocols in place. So, what do you do when you can't easily access hotline buildings due to a worldwide pandemic?

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