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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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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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ITU publishes 2020 Guidelines on Child Online Protection

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. 

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Safe remote learning and teaching in times of lockdown

  • Awareness
  • 18/06/2020
  • Portuguese Safer Internet Centre

In times of lockdown, emergency remote teaching and learning has become the new normal. To ensure that this is carried out in a safe and secure way, the Portuguese Safer Internet Centre launched a campaign targeted to students on national television, and a series of webinars on the topic for teachers.

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Bulgarian youth panellist named one of 12 "kid activists who are changing the world"

  • Youth
  • 11/06/2020
  • Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre

16-year-old Bulgarian youth panellist Milena Radoytseva was recently recognised as one of 12 kid activists who are changing their communities and the world for the better by The Washington Post. As a member of the Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre's Youth panel, Milena is making the internet safer for Bulgarian children and their families.

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#George's Room: A theatre play for young people on cyberbullying and online safety

  • Awareness
  • 09/06/2020
  • Cypriot Safer Internet Centre

CYTA, an organisation part of the Cypriot Safer Internet Centre (SIC) has produced a theatre play on cyberbullying for high school students, called #George's Room. It has been performed in 350 schools in the country, for two consecutive academic years (2018/19 and 2019/20).

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Seminar for Slovenian teachers on safe internet use in times of COVID-19

  • Awareness
  • 11/05/2020
  • Slovenian Safer Internet Centre

Schools in Slovenia have been closed since Monday, 16 March 2020 due to coronavirus crisis. Since then, teachers have had to start teaching from home, online, literally overnight. As there were no national guidelines, schools and teachers faced difficult challenges – how to organise their lessons to be productive, useful and in accordance with the law. Slovenian Awareness Centre Safe.si started receiving questions from teachers and other school professionals on safe teleworking. To answer this increasing demand, on Thursday, 16 April 2020, the Slovenian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) held a webinar on the topic of safe internet use, focusing on teleworking in education, attracting over 580 participants.

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Responding to online risks under COVID-19

Through Better Internet for Kids (BIK), and the European Network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs), our aim is to empower children and young people to remain safe online, and equally assist those that support them. During the time of the coronavirus pandemic, Safer Internet Centres have published a number of articles and resources with general advice on how to respond to online risks under COVID-19.

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Internet Safe and Fun – An awareness initiative in partnership with industry

  • Awareness
  • 30/04/2020
  • Belgian Safer Internet Centre

On  Wednesday, 4 March 2020, the Belgian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) Child Focus worked with the private sector for the tenth year to raise awareness among fifth and sixth grade children of the importance of the safe use of the internet and social networks through the "Internet Safe and Fun" prevention programme. 

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Safety recommendations for distance learning for Portuguese schools

  • Awareness
  • 29/04/2020
  • Portuguese Safer Internet Centre

The Directorate-General for Education from the Portuguese Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the National Cybersecurity Centre and the National Data Protection Commission, have produced a set of recommendations and guidelines for teachers and educators to abide by when using digital technologies to support distance learning.

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