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Content with tag online safety .

Data Privacy Day and Safer Internet Day: an annual focus on online safety

It's the beginning of the year which means online safety is on the agenda with two upcoming major campaigns - notably Data Privacy Day and, of course, our very own Safer Internet Day!

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Register for the new Online Safety MOOC

In a society where technology and the online world are playing an increasingly big role in people's lives, it becomes evident that schools also need to be up to speed with the latest online trends: both in terms of the opportunities they present and the challenges they pose. Education about online safety should surely begin at home, but it is by no means the sole responsibility of parents and caretakers: teachers should also be able to provide their pupils and students with all the necessary tools to face the online world in an empowered and responsible manner. It goes without saying that industry and other stakeholders (such as government and policymakers) also have a role to play. 

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New Online Safety MOOC for teachers to launch on Safer Internet Day 2018

To coincide with this year's Safer Internet Day celebrations on Tuesday, 6 February 2018, a new edition of the Online Safety MOOC (massive open online course) for teachers, ICT administrators and school counsellors will launch on the European Schoolnet Academy portal, developed in collaboration with the Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres.

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Multidisciplinary approach to protecting children online

  • Awareness
  • 04/01/2018
  • Romanian Safer Internet Centre

Here, Ora de Net, part of the Romanian Safer Internet Centre (SIC), outlines its strategy for raising awareness of, and developing appropriate methods for, preventing and combating abuse in the online environment using a multidisciplinary approach

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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 jugendschutz.net*, one of the hotlines administered by the German SIC.

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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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