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- Jacqueline Beauchere, Global Digital Safety Advocate at Microsoft
The new school year is beginning for many across the globe and, although COVID-19 continues to necessitate at least some distance learning, the realities of bullying – both online and off – remain. A new Microsoft study shows 4 in 10 teens in 32 countries report being "involved" in a bullying incident and, perhaps surprisingly, nearly the same percentage of adults, as well.Read more
- FSM, the German hotline
The Voluntary Self-Regulation for Multimedia Service Providers (FSM), German hotline, was recognised by the Federal Office of Justice as the first institution of regulated self-regulation under the Network Enforcement Act (NetzDG) fulfilling the prerequisites of independence and proper transparent procedure.Read more
- BIK Team
TikTok seems to be constantly in the news at the moment (for a variety of reasons) and so it is, perhaps, not surprising that other platforms are seeking to replicate their own version of the popular app. Instagram launched Reels in early August in 50 countries including France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.Read more
- BIK Team
Discover how INHOPE supports its global network of hotlines, provides a technological infrastructure, and advocates for change. Join the INHOPE Summit 2020, taking place online on Tuesday, 22 and Wednesday, 23 September 2020.Read more
- 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.Read more
- UK Safer Internet Centre
The UK Safer Internet Centre (SIC) has been working directly with Facebook to produce a brand new guide for education professionals using Facebook apps.Read more
- BIK Team
In February 2020, a group of six Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Youth Ambassadors marked Safer Internet Day (SID) by hosting a dialogue with industry members from the Alliance to better protect minors online at the European Commission (EC) on the age appropriateness of apps and services' privacy information for children and young people. Below, three of them – Matej, Kathrin and Charampoulos – look back on their experience and share their aspirations.Read more
- BIK Team
On Tuesday, 23 June 2020, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) launched its new 2020 Guidelines on Child Online Protection (COP), a set of recommendations for children, parents, educators, industry and policy makers on how to contribute to the development of a safe and empowering online environment for children and young people.Read more
- BIK Team
Today, the Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs) begins a two-day training meeting online. This event is an opportunity for members of the network to share experience and good practice and continue to enhance the collaborative learning community that has developed within Insafe.Read more
- Matěj Bednář, BIK Youth Ambassador
In February 2020, on the occasion of Safer Internet Day (SID), a group of Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Youth Ambassadors prepared a Youth Pledge for a Better Internet on how to make the information on the apps and services they use on the internet more age appropriate for children and young people, and presented it to a panel of industry representatives at the European Commission. Matěj, BIK Youth Ambassador from Czechia, reflects on his experience below.Read more