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.

Re-launch of klicksafe's Cyber-Bullying First-Aid App

  • Awareness
  • 30/10/2020
  • German Safer Internet Centre

How can young people deal with cyberbullying when they themselves are affected? Where can they turn to if they do not want to confide in their families or teachers directly? In order to support young people in dealing with cyberbullying, members of the klicksafe Youth Panel have developed the Cyberbullying First Aid App in 2016. The German Awareness Centre klicksafe is publishing the app and the corresponding klicksafe flyer Was tun bei Cyber-Mobbing? ("What to do about cyberbullying?") in a new design and with new content.

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European Cybersecurity Month 2020 "Think Before U Click" kicks off today

This October marks the European Union's 8th European Cybersecurity Month (ECSM), promoting online security among EU citizens. The annual cybersecurity awareness campaign is coordinated by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) and the European Commission, and supported by the Member States and more than 300 partners from across industries. 

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Inclusive digital experience: reality and needs in Ukraine

  • Awareness
  • 30/09/2020
  • Better Internet Centre, Ukrainian SIC+ programme participant

In May 2020, non-governmental organisation (NGO) Better Internet Centre and the Centre Startum (Kharkiv) launched the project #Cornflowers (Inclusive digital experience: reality and needs) in Ukraine.

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Educating children to online risks through fairytales

  • Awareness
  • 30/09/2020
  • Greek Safer Internet Centre

This back to school season, the Greek Safer Internet Centre (SIC) is launching two new illustrated books, "Athena and her new tablet" and "Athena learns about personal data", targeted to children aged 4-8. These two storybooks take in interactive approach to accompany children in their first contacts with the online world.

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SIC+: focus on the activities of the Ukrainian National Child Toll-Free Hotline

  • Awareness
  • 30/09/2020
  • Better Internet Centre, Ukrainian SIC+ programme participant

In Ukraine, the National Child Toll-Free Hotline ("the Hotline") began its work on 1 January 2013. The work of the Hotline is managed by the civil society organisation (CSO) La Strada-Ukraine. This organisation is a partner of non-governmental organisation (NGO) Better Internet Centre from Ukraine, which joined the SIC+ programme in 2020.

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Building online safety capacities in Serbia with the SIC+ programme

  • Awareness
  • 30/09/2020
  • The National Contact Centre for Children's Safety on the Internet, Serbian SIC+ pilot programme participant

The National Contact Centre for Children's Safety on the Internet was formed within the Smart and Safe platform by the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications in 2017 in Belgrade. Through this Centre, the Ministry conducts counseling for children, parents, students and teachers, as well as all other citizens, about the advantages and risks of using the internet and safe ways to use new technologies. It is also possible to receive reports of harmful, inappropriate and illegal content and behaviour on the internet, that is, reporting a violation of the rights and interests of the child.

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Exploring digital literacy education in Europe with ySKILLS

  • Awareness
  • 30/09/2020
  • Exploring digital literacy education in Europe with ySKILLS

Learning and working are becoming increasingly digitised. However, European experts on Education and Labour Market consider the quality and effectiveness of initiatives to foster digital skills as often deficient, and their provision unequal. The experts, interviewed in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, agreed that this worldwide crisis acted as a "wake-up call" for governments to re-assess their digital needs and invest more in digital literacy education for all.

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Building online safety capacities in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the SIC+ programme

  • Awareness
  • 30/09/2020
  • IFS-EMMAUS, BiH SIC+ pilot programme participant

Humanitarian organisation International Forum of Solidarity – EMMAUS (IFS-EMMAUS) was established in 1999, with the aim of providing assistance to all vulnerable populations, including the victims of human trafficking, online sexual abuse and the circulation of child sexual abuse material (CSAM).

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Red PaPaz is building first Spanish-speaking Safer Internet Centre (SIC) in Latin America

  • Awareness
  • 30/09/2020
  • Red PaPaz, Colombian participant in the SIC+ pilot programme

Red PaPaz is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that encompasses a network of parents and caregivers since 2003 in Colombia. This network seeks to promote skills for the protection of Colombian children and adolescents' rights, through relevant actions based upon evidence and good practices.

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Establishing an evidence base for better online safety policies

On Friday, 18 September 2020, the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics (LSE) held, in the framework of the CO:RE – Children Online: Research and Evidence (CO:RE) project, its third CO:RE Theories Webinar on "Digital Technologies in the Lives of Children and Young People", inviting the project coordinators from three Horizon 2020 projects – ySKILLS, DigiGen and DIGYMATEX – to share their conceptualisations and research methodologies on the topic.

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