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Encouraging kind and respectful communication online for Safer Internet Day 2020

Safer Internet Day (SID) 2020 is fast approaching. On Tuesday, 11 February 2020, we will be millions around the globe, united to inspire positive change online. The campaign's slogan, "Together for a better internet", is a call to action for all stakeholders to join together and play their part in creating a better internet for everyone. A fundamental objective of the day is to engage all stakeholders in a concerted effort to encourage respectful interactions online, especially among the youngest users.

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Are children spending too much time online?

  • Awareness
  • 22/01/2020
  • Maltese Safer Internet Centre

It is a well-known fact that media and technology have transformed our lives. For some of us adults, it may even be hard to remember the pre-smartphone age. In this context, it is easy to feel overwhelmed faced with the considerable amount of time children and young people can sometimes spend online. Dunstan Hamilton, Education Officer for Personal, Social and Career Development (PSCD) at the Maltese Safer Internet Centre (SIC), reflects on the topic.

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Online communications – It's all about respect!

  • Awareness
  • 21/01/2020
  • Maltese Safer Internet Centre

Nowadays, children are extremely at ease with digital technologies, the internet and social media platforms. As highlighted in a 2018 study commissioned by the BeSmartOnline! project, Maltese children aged 9-16 spend an average of over three hours per day online. With children being such voracious consumers of online content, it is imperative for them to understand the notion of online respect towards their friends, family, social groups, teachers and schools. 

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The positive effects of children's screen time

  • Awareness
  • 15/01/2020
  • Maltese Safer Internet Centre

Out of all the issues related to children and young people's online safety, screen time – and the potentially beneficial or detrimental consequences associated with it – is probably the most debated one. Dunstan Hamilton, Education Officer for Personal, Social and Career Development (PSCD) at the Maltese Safer Internet Centre (SIC), weighs in on the topic.

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A look back at the World Anti-Bullying Forum 2019 in Ireland

  • Awareness
  • 13/01/2020
  • Irish Safer Internet Centre

Dublin City University was home to the largest ever gathering of experts, educators, parents and policy makers, to discuss and share ideas on the best possible methods to tackle bullying, cyberbullying and promote online safety at the World Anti-Bullying Forum 2019.

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SID 2020 in France - FamiNum, digital coach for families

  • Awareness
  • 10/01/2020
  • French Safer Internet Centre

After launching a large digital parenting survey during Safer Internet Day 2019, French Safer Internet Centre (SIC) "Internet sans Crainte" ("Internet Without Fear") has created a new dedicated family-centred resource to promote good digital practices at home.

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SID 2020 in Ireland - Teaching respectful online communication with "Connected"

  • Awareness
  • 20/12/2019
  • Irish Safer Internet Centre

The Irish Safer Internet Centre (SIC) introduces "Connected", a short film they produced, exploring how young people communicate and connect online.

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Polish parents know little about their children's internet use

  • Research
  • 18/12/2019
  • Polish Safer Internet Centre

How much time does your child spend online? This – among dozens of others – was the question that researchers from NASK, a public Polish research institute based in Warsaw, asked thousands of parents and school children. Below, Filip Konopczyński shares the study's main highlights.

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Parents' guide on safe use of smart speakers at home

  • Awareness
  • 17/12/2019
  • German Safer Internet Centre

With the holidays coming up, the German Safer Internet Centre (SIC) takes a closer look at smart speakers, which have probably made their way to many children's wishlists, and shares advice on safe use for parents.

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Managing toddlers' first contact with smart devices

  • Awareness
  • 17/12/2019
  • Estonian Safer Internet Centre

Increasingly, children's environments are very media oriented, and they are starting to use smart devices at an ever-younger age. Elina Nevski, lecturer at Tallinn University School of Educational Sciences, explains precisely why digital devices can be beneficial or detrimental to toddlers' development, and how parents can make the most of it.

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