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- 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.Read more
- 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.Read more
- BIK Team
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.Read more
- BIK Team
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.Read more
- Austrian Safer Internet Centre
Saferinternet.at, part of the Austrian Safer Internet Centre (SIC), presents new data on how young people from Austria use social media.Read more
Social Media Literacy for Change – helping teachers develop a social media literacy strategy in school
- sml4change team
This spring, media literacy is on everyone's lips. With the first edition of the European Media Literacy Week taking place from 18 to 22 March 2019, the Social Media Literacy for Change project is delighted to be part of the European landscape of media literacy initiatives aiming to help European citizens in general and young people in particular, become active, creative and well-informed citizens of the digital world.Read more
- Finnish Safer Internet Centre
In Finland, Safer Internet Day (SID) was, as usual, celebrated in conjunction with the Finnish Media Literacy Week (MLW). The aim of the week is to advance the media literacy skills of children and young people as well as to support professional educators, guardians and other adults in their important media educational tasks.Read more
- Latvian Safer Internet Centre
The Latvian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) celebrated Safer Internet Day (SID) 2019 by organising the national finale of the "Wifi's game" tournament, launching social media campaign "Сut into root!", announcing a contest for pupils "Challenge your grey cells!", as well as by supporting the organisation of online safety events at schools and libraries across Latvia.Read more
- João Pedro Martins, BIK Youth Ambassador
DECO, the Portuguese Association for Consumer Protection, with the support of Google Portugal, is promoting NET Viva e Segura (2nd Edition), a national initiative that invites the educational community to produce videos to demonstrate the importance of engaging in social networks safely and while being aware of privacy challenges.Read more
- Norwegian Safer Internet Centre
Since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) made its way through Europe last summer, a new discussion has emerged – and it is perhaps high time: what does the age limits and ratings on social media mean? And when do we, as grown-ups, determine that it is "ok to join"?Read more