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- Estonian Safer Internet Centre
In recent years, Estonia (like the world in general) has seen growing interest in the topic of suicide, which has brought with it an increase in self-harming and games such as Blue Whale, but also tragic consequences and deaths. For Maarja Punak, Web Constable in Estonia, online media are partly to blame.Read more
The social web is full of content that trivialises self-harm behaviour such as suicide, self-injury or eating disorders and encourages copycat behaviour. Young users are often not aware of the negative effects and hence platform operators must protect young people from such content.Read more
- 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.Read more
- BIK Team
High school: golden days when teenagers are encouraged to dream but also to study hard in preparation for their futures. In between both engaging and boring classes, sporting achievements and house parties, teenagers seem to live a fairly carefree life under the watchful eyes of their parents and teachers. However, what happens when a tragedy occurs and shifts the attention to potential underlying problems? Netflix has translated this scenario, first published as a best-selling novel, into a much-discussed TV series in 13 Reasons Why.Read more