AWARENESS

Within the Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs), National Awareness Centres (NACs) focus on raising awareness and understanding of safer internet issues and emerging trends.

They run campaigns to empower children, young people, parents, carers and teachers with the skills, knowledge and strategies to stay safe online and take advantage of the opportunities that the internet and mobile technologies provide.

The network also works extensively with other stakeholders, such as the research community, industry and other NGOs, to extend the reach of key messages and awareness-raising actions.

On this page, you'll find a selection of articles corresponding to awareness-raising work.

To find contact details for your National Awareness Centre, visit your Safer Internet Centre profile page.

New back to school educational resources from Greek Safer Internet Centre

  • Awareness
  • 20/09/2019
  • Greek Safer Internet Centre

The Greek Safer Internet Centre is celebrating the start of the new school year by publishing new digital material for every educational grade, on the SaferInternet4Kids platform. The "Back to school 2019" package can be used as a tool in the classroom or at home to strengthen children's knowledge of how to navigate safely online.

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Estonian Safer Internet Summer Camp seminar for children and youth

  • Awareness
  • 19/09/2019
  • Estonian Safer Internet Centre

From 27-29 August 2019, the Estonian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) arranged, together with partners, a three-day summer-seminar-camp in Nelijärve Holiday Centre. The camp was targeted at children and youth who were interested in speaking on a variety of topics related to the digital world, and supporting conscious and safe behaviour of their peers and younger people on the internet.

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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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Promoting online safety education for younger children with an ON-LINE ZOO colouring book

  • Awareness
  • 17/09/2019
  • Czech Safer Internet Centre

Over the course of this year, the CZ.NIC Association has been organising discussions for children at primary schools and libraries focusing on the ON-LINE ZOO story book. As younger schoolchildren love to draw and paint pictures, the Association has now also prepared a colouring book in the style of the original story book.

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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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Positive Online Content - what do young people think?

Children nowadays become exposed to digital technologies and the internet at increasingly younger ages. As a teenager or even among tweens, not having a smartphone or not participating on social media platforms could mark a person as the ‘the odd one'. So intertwined into their lives, these technologies allow them to access a virtually limitless amount of content on the internet and great opportunities for communication and self-expression. More importantly, the content they interact with greatly affects their social, emotional and psychological development, reason for which the Positive Online Content Campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of positive online content for children, to foster a discussion with youth, parents and teachers to make them aware about the state of positive online content for children in their country, and to encourage a discussion with industry and content producers and providers to encourage the production of more positive online content for children .

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Workshops on creative and safe use of the internet at summer camps in Cyprus

  • Awareness
  • 11/09/2019
  • Cyprus Safer Internet Centre

For a third consecutive year, the Cyprus Safer Internet Centre (SIC) held a series of workshops at children's summer camps on the "Creative and safe use of the internet". 

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Helping children to access positive online content – at home and in the classroom!

We are now entering the second week of the Positive Online Content Awareness Month. This week, we focus on parents and teachers, and on their important role in guiding their children and pupils in the digital world to ensure that they interact with the best content available and have positive online experiences.

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Positive Online Content to promote literacy among European children

Some say that the internet is ruining children's reading and writing skills; but positive online content has the potential to help even the youngest children to learn how to read and write, and to discover new languages online. To mark International Literacy Day (ILD), which takes place on Sunday, 8 September 2019, we look at a number of fun and educational online resources promoting literacy from all over Europe.

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Saving Hogwarts – A guide to the Wizards Unite game

  • Awareness
  • 23/08/2019
  • Austrian Safer Internet Centre

Austrian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) Saferinternet.at has tested the newly released Wizards Unite smartphone game and shares some advice with parents on how to best support their child in using this game safely. 

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