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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*, 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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