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.

Raising awareness of data protection

Data Protection Day (or Data Privacy Day, as it is known outside of Europe) is a global, annual celebration marking the anniversary of the signing of the Council of Europe's Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection, on 28 January 1981. In line with this, in April 2006, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe launched Data Protection Day, celebrated ever since on 28 January.

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MMORPGs: What parents need to know…

  • Awareness
  • 18/01/2017
  • German Safer Internet Centre

Children and adolescents love to spend their free time with games on their PCs, smartphones or consoles. The strong-selling strategy-gaming apps Clash Royale and Clash of Clans are particularly popular among children (mainly boys) in Germany. What fascinates them about these games and what should parents be aware of?

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Youth for Rights 2017 - call for participants

Youth for Rights is calling for participants, aged 18-30, from across Europe!

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Be the change: Unite for a better internet!

Safer Internet Day 2017 is almost here! Taking place on Tuesday, 7 February 2017 with a theme of 'Be the change: Unite for a better internet', we call upon all stakeholders to join together to make the internet a safer and better place for all, and especially children and young people.

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IGF 2016 – Portuguese Youth Ambassador

Portuguese Youth Ambassador, João Pedro Martins, recently had the opportunity to attend the annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Mexico. Here he shares his experience.

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Administering School ICT infrastructure: developing your knowledge and skills

From November 2016 until January 2017, European Schoolnet (EUN) is running the school ICT Administrator MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). The course brings ICT administrators together in order to hear about current practices and new developments, to learn from each other and to reflect on their work through a mix of over 20 specially-commissioned video case studies produced by practitioners, live webinars with expert input, and stimulating, enjoyable and relevant activities and discussions.

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Safer Internet Day Thunderclap campaign: Be the change for a better internet

Safer Internet Day is fast approaching! The success of this year's edition depends on your support as we invite all of you to ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet'.

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Growing Up Digital – new report in England

The Children's Commissioner for England launched a new report in early January 2017 which is a culmination of the work of a "Growing Up Digital" task force. The task force is calling for three interventions from the government in order to ensure that children and young people are fully prepared for a digital life.

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Growing concerns over internet-connected toys

  • Awareness
  • 22/12/2016
  • Forbrukerrådet/Center for Digital Democracy

In the December 2016 edition of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) bulletin, we focused on online advertising and the commericalisation of children and young people, citing growing concerns regarding the Internet of Things (IoT) and its extension into the Internet of Toys with regards to the privacy of ‘consumer' data. Here, we pick up on the story, sharing the concerns of consumer organisations across the globe.

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Friendly Internet Zone for Lithuanian schools

  • Awareness
  • 21/12/2016
  • Lithuanian Safer Internet Centre

The annual national exhibition ‘Mokykla 2016' (School 2016), which took place 25-26 November 2016 in the Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre (LITEXPO), was dedicated to meeting and talking with families, teachers and other stakeholders in schools' activities.

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