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.
Further articles by stakeholder group - awareness raising, helplines, hotlines, industry, research and youth - are available in the practice section.
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- ECPAT Sweden, the Swedish hotline
ECPAT Sweden's hotline has noticed that self-generated material involves increasingly younger children, some as young as seven years old.Read more
- Dutch Safer Internet Centre
The Dutch helpline for child sexual abuse, Helpwanted.nl, is conducting a study on financial sextortion. This study is financed by the Stiching Achmea Slachtoffer en Samenleving (SASS) (in English, Achmea Foundation: Victim and Society) and is carried out in cooperation with Slachtofferhulp Nederland (in English, Victim Support the Netherlands).Read more
- BIK Team
On Thursday, 21 November 2019, the Safer Internet Forum (SIF) took place in Brussels, Belgium. With a theme of "From online violence to digital respect", it also celebrated 20 years of safer/better internet funding by the European Commission. Below, read the summary of a deep dive session on the issue of sexual violence against men and boys, led by Nick Dunne, Psychosexual Therapist at Brook.Read more
- Finnish Safer Internet Centre
In Finland, Safer Internet Day (SID) was, as usual, celebrated in conjunction with the Finnish Media Literacy Week (MLW). The aim of the week is to advance the media literacy skills of children and young people as well as to support professional educators, guardians and other adults in their important media educational tasks.Read more
- BIK Team
Wednesday, 10 October 2018, is World Mental Health Day. Launched in 1992 by the World Health Organisation (WHO), this initiative seeks to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world. This year's theme is "Young people and mental health in a changing world".Read more
- Austrian Safer Internet Centre
In May 2018, Austrian helpline "147 Rat auf Draht" and SOS Kinderdorf jointly released a study on how young people in Austria are affected by sexual harassment – in particular, grooming – and violence online.Read more
- Polish Safer Internet Centre
"Careful parents" is a Polish Safer Internet Centre campaign about the importance of parental presence and guidance while protecting children from online threats.Read more
The release of new reports and campaigns this month demonstrate the safety work that still must be done as the numbers of reported digital crimes continues to rise, especially in the areas of online grooming and blackmail. A report produced by Europol, Online sexual coercion and extortion as a form of crime affecting children: Law enforcement perspective, outlined criminal behaviour and the motives behind it. According to analysis by INHOPE member NCMEC (the US-based National Center for Missing & Exploited Children), the primary motive of blackmail based on photos is to receive more, increasingly explicit photos (78 per cent), as opposed to obtaining money or goods from the child (7 per cent). In response to this new phenomenon of coercive crimes, Europol has created the #SayNO campaign, a series of videos depicting teens experiencing online extortion, with messages of help and information on how and where to find victims' resources.Read more
- BIK Team
Here on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal, we're always pleased to hear from different stakeholders on how they contribute to a better and safer internet for children and young people in their own areas of work and activities.Read more
- BIK team
The Insafe network of helplines collects data about the types of calls that they receive and this is analysed every three months to look at trends and new and emerging issues.Read more