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Content with tag online safety .

Blue Whale Challenge

  • Awareness
  • 06/09/2017
  • German Safer Internet Centre

Over the past few months, the media has been regularly reporting about a new and disturbing "online game of death" – the Blue Whale Challenge (BWC). While there is no concrete information on the existence of such a game, the speculation and buzz created by it is worrying. In April 2017, representatives the European network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs) and other key stakeholders attended a webinar on the issue. An article was also published on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) public portal at that time. This article provides further information based on a report recently published by*, one of the hotlines administered by the German SIC.

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Luxembourg conference gathers about 100 international experts

  • Awareness
  • 16/05/2017
  • Luxembourg Safer Internet Centre

About 100 participants from all over Europe gathered at Forum Geeseknäppchen in Luxembourg City on 27-28 April 2017 to attend the conference "Children and Youth on the Net". The main topic of the conference was the question of what should international connected media education and youth protection on the internet look like in 2017.

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Raising a new generation of digital citizens in Armenia

  • Awareness
  • 10/05/2017
  • Safer Internet Armenia (

The launch of the Armenian version of the Web We Want resource, published by European Schoonet (EUN), marked the ninth edition of Safer Internet Armenia. The programme, launched annually on Safer Internet Day (SID), currently unites public organisations, private organisations and educational institutions with the aim of raising awareness and educating about internet risks, privacy and security issues.

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How safe is your password?

When was the last time you changed your password? Do you use different passwords for each site or service you access online? How do you screen friend requests on social media? Today, 4 May 2017, is World Password Day and it's a great opportunity to reflect on your own password habits and raise awareness of the importance of keeping passwords safe and secure.

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Facebook meets with online safety experts in south-eastern Europe

  • Awareness
  • 02/05/2017
  • Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre

Online safety experts from 10 countries recently participated in a regional meeting with Facebook managers. Taking place in Sofia, Bulgaria on 24 March 2017, representatives came from Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia and Serbia, with the Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) acting as host. Gabriella Cseh, Head of Public Policy for Central and Eastern Europe for Facebook, opened the meeting. She thanked the Bulgarian SIC for its long-term cooperation and its assistance in organising the international event.

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Get Online Week celebrated in Lithuania for the eighth time

  • Awareness
  • 24/03/2017
  • Lithuanian Safer Internet Centre

The European Get Online Week (GOW) is an annual digital empowerment campaign that engages and encourages people to use technology and the internet with confidence and with skills that allow them to benefit from the world of online opportunities. Supported by corporations, NGOs and public authorities, the campaign is organised each year in March by Telecentre Europe, an umbrella organisation that represents European networks of ICT learning centres.

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GDPR and compulsory parental consent

  • Awareness
  • 22/03/2017
  • Janice Richardson and Vitor Tomé

Here on the Better Internet for Kids portal, we have touched upon the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) many times in the past, for example outlining some of the challenges in the March 2016 edition of the BIK bulletin. Here, guest contributors Janice Richardson and Vitor Tomé share their views on some of the reasons why children over the age of 13 should not require compulsory parental consent for internet service access.

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Free online safety course – register now!

Registration has now opened for our free online safety MOOC (Massive Online Open Course), launching on the European Schoolnet Academy on Monday, 10 April 2017.

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Youth Ambassadors attend high-level meeting of the Alliance to Better Protect Minors Online on SID 2017

  • Awareness
  • 06/03/2017
  • Emilia, Youth Ambassador

We recently reported on the EC-brokered "Alliance to Better Protect Minors Online", which met on Safer Internet Day to launch its statement of purpose. Emilia from Germany attended the event as an Insafe Youth Ambassador. Here she shares her experiences from the day.

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eTwinning, the community for schools in Europe, is celebrating SID 2017!

eTwinning is the largest community for schools in Europe. It offers a safe platform for teachers to collaborate, share innovative practices, and engage in online-based projects with students from 42 countries.

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