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Commission adopts strategy for a more effective fight against child sexual abuse

Child sexual abuse is a growing threat, both online and offline. To counter this phenomenon, the European Commission (EC) adopted an EU strategy for a more effective fight against child sexual abuse on Friday, 24 August 2020.

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Introducing Ora de Net - Romanian Safer Internet Programme name change

  • Hotlines
  • 30/06/2020
  • Romanian Safer Internet Centre

The Safer Internet Programme was established in Romania in 2008, with funding from the European Commission (EC), in the aim of promoting the use of the internet by children and adolescents in a creative, useful and safe way. The project materialised through the partnership between Save the Children and Focus Romania, which ensured the operation of the Safernet Hotline.

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Dickpics, porn stickers, dirty talk – Sexual harassment online

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

Sexual messages, pictures and videos reach young people online every day. Without the consent of the recipient, this must be classified as sexual harassment. As in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic communication has shifted to the digital space even more, the German Awareness Centre klicksafe offers advice for those affected and recommends that children and young people should be made aware of sexual border violations in the digital world in an age-appropriate manner. 

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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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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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Horizon 2020 – Studying the impact of digital transformations on children and youth

The time children and young people spend online has increased significantly, giving them access to unprecedented opportunities but also exposing them to new risks. To address this new reality, the European Commission (EC) is funding four Horizon 2020 projects: CO:RE, DigiGen, DIGYMATEX, and ySKILLS, all of which have synergies with Better Internet for Kids (BIK) actions.

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Looking back on SID 2020 and the Youth Pledge for a Better Internet

  • Youth
  • 28/05/2020
  • Kathrin Morasch, BIK Youth Ambassador

In February 2020, Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Youth Ambassador Kathrin Morasch participated in Safer Internet Day (SID) celebrations at the European Commission (EC) to introduce the Youth Pledge for a Better Internet, along with five fellow youth panellists. Below, she looks back on her experience.

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Building online safety capacity with the SIC+ programme

The Insafe and INHOPE networks have launched a new capacity-building initiative, the SIC+ programme, to share experiences and expertise acquired within the development of the European Safer Internet Centre model with colleagues across the globe.

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Discussing the European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children

From Monday, 11 to Wednesday, 20 May 2020, COFACE Families Europe is marking the International Day of Families 2020 by hosting Digital Citizenship Breakfast Bytes, a series of eight 90-minute online sessions (from 9:30-11:00 CET) aiming to increase critical thinking and understanding of the digital world. Named "European Safer Internet Strategy post-2020: key trends and priorities", the Breakfast Byte of Wednesday, 13 May 2020 focused on the European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children, which is currently under revision.

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European Commission takes measures to fight disinformation around COVID-19

Misinformation on matters of public health is not a new phenomenon, but it has seen a sudden rise since the COVID-19 outbreak began. Disinformation and fake news are rife, with some claiming that the coronavirus is a biological weapon created for various purposes, that zinc kills the virus, or that Big Pharma is exaggerating the importance of the pandemic to boost sales.

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