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June 2020 BIK bulletin - Focus on freedom of expression online in the age of disinformation

On Thursday, 11 June 2020, at the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG 2020), the Insafe network of European Safer Internet Centres (SICs) hosted a workshop on "Social media – opportunities, rights and responsibilities", looking at the limitations and pitfalls of freedom of speech on the internet from multiple stakeholder perspectives. Here, we reflect on the topic, with additional contributions from some of the workshop speakers.

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The power of likes through the eyes of Greek SIC's Youth Panel

  • Youth
  • 12/06/2020
  • Greek Safer Internet Centre

Teenagers and adults are constantly bombarded with images depicting "perfect" bodies, faces, products and relationships, making them feel inadequate and urging them to have similar lifestyles.

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Insafe network to discuss limitations to freedom of speech on social media at EuroDIG 2020

From Wednesday, 10 to Friday, 12 June 2020, the pan-European dialogue on internet governance (EuroDIG) will take place online. On Thursday, 11 June 2020, the Insafe network will host a workshop on "Social media – opportunities, rights and responsibilities".

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Friend Zone, a digital escape game for teenagers

  • Awareness
  • 28/04/2020
  • Belgian Safer Internet Centre

In Belgium, Technopolis officially introduced Friend Zone, a brand-new digital escape game developed by IBM, Child Focus, LUCA School of Arts and Technopolis. The game connects to the world of young people aged 14-18 and presents them with a series of digital and social challenges related to hacking, sexting, privacy, new technologies and disinformation. Schools can book the game.

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Industry stakeholders are working together to fight COVID-19 misinformation

As the World Health Organization (WHO) has described it, "the COVID-19 outbreak and response has been accompanied by a massive ‘infodemic' – an over-abundance of information – some accurate and some not – that makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it."

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Greece – Focus on the impact of social media on young people for Safer Internet Day

  • Awareness
  • 06/03/2020
  • Greek Safer Internet Centre

The impact of influencers on teenagers and how their psychology is changed by what they see on social media has been at the centre of the seventeeth celebration of Safer Internet Day (SID) in Greece. 

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Social media guidelines for educators

  • Awareness
  • 23/01/2020
  • Maltese Safer Internet Centre

Online communication has become our primary means of communication. While one might enter into lengthy debates about the consequences this has on society, it is undeniable that such communication tools have had an impact on us. The Maltese Safer Internet Centre (SIC) has developed guidelines for social media targeted to educators.

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Addressing the challenges of digital parenting in the era of big data

  • Awareness
  • 18/09/2019
  • Andra Siibak, Professor of Media Studies at the University of Tartu

Parenthood has undergone a transformation in today's digital and data-oriented society. Many gadgets offer the option of monitoring, analysing, saving and even sharing our offsprings' development, behaviour or movement online. Although many believe that technological aids make the challenging tasks of parenting slightly easier, active use of digital gadgets has brought about a completely new problem – datafication of childhoods. Andra Siibak, Professor of Media Studies at the University of Tartu, reflects on the implications these trends are currently having on parenting.

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International Day of Democracy 2019 – Participation, inclusion, equal treatment

Sunday, 15 September 2019 marks the International Day of Democracy around the world. This 2019 edition focuses on participation – an occasion to take a closer look at young people and democratic participation in the digital age.

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Young Europeans and democracy: it's complicated

Studies carried out in various European countries in the latest decades all come the same conclusions: young Europeans disengage from – and sometimes, even disavow – democracy. Yet, there is more to this picture; the rise of digital technologies has empowered young people to participate in the democratic process in new ways.

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