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.
- BIK Team
As part of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Quality Assurance Programme (QAP), the Insafe-INHOPE Coordination Teams are jointly conducting a set of ten country visits to national Safer Internet Centres (SICs) to better understand what is happening in the Member States: monitoring emerging issues and challenges, identifying good practices to be shared, and harvesting the results of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) policy. Due to the circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a visit planned for the Dutch SIC had to be converted to an online meeting that took place on 17 June 2020 and brought together a group of diverse stakeholders and SIC consortium partners.Read more
- Latvian Safer Internet Centre
Despite restrictions related to the COVID-19 lockdown, Latvian students have managed to adapt to distance learning, and their overall experience has been mostly positive, as shown in the results of a survey conducted in May 2020 by Telia Company in the Nordic and Baltic states. 1,000 students aged 10-18 were interviewed in Latvia in cooperation with Drossinternets.lv, the Latvian Safer Internet Centre (SIC).Read more
- BIK Team
On Thursday, 30 July 2020, we celebrate the International Day of Friendship, a global observance initiated by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 2011 to promote "friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals" as a means to "inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities".Read more
- BIK Team
Child sexual abuse is a growing threat, both online and offline. To counter this phenomenon, the European Commission (EC) adopted an EU strategy for a more effective fight against child sexual abuse on Friday, 24 August 2020.Read more
- Jacqueline Beauchere, Global Digital Safety Advocate, Microsoft
Teenagers and adults in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region reported an uptick in online civility and more respectful digital interactions during the COVID-19 global pandemic, results from a new Microsoft research study show. Meanwhile, respondents in Latin America said online civility worsened, punctuated by an increase in the spread of false or misleading information.Read more
- UK Safer Internet Centre
The UK Safer Internet Centre (SIC) has been working directly with Facebook to produce a brand new guide for education professionals using Facebook apps.Read more
World Youth Skills Day 2020 – Building young people's resilience to the pandemic through digital skills
- BIK Team
Wednesday, 15 July 2020 marks World Youth Skills Day (WYSD), an annual observance organised by the United Nations (UN), an opportunity for various stakeholders to "acknowledge and celebrate the importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship".Read more
- BIK Team
Global participants in the SIC+ programme recently took part in a webinar to share experiences and good practices relating to awareness raising and youth participation in online safety issues. The Insafe and INHOPE networks launched the SIC+ initiative with the aim of extending and replicating the successful Safer Internet Centre (SIC) model beyond Europe.Read more
- Polish Safer Internet Centre
The internet as a medium is often hailed as an invention facilitating creative, personal expression. However, even tools designed to empower can be used for nefarious purposes. Some creators of web content find their niche market thanks to their willingness to do almost anything to become the centre of attention. This is the case with "Patostreaming", a new type of online threat in Poland. According to a 2018 "Nastolatki 3.0" (Teenagers 3.0) study, almost a quarter of Polish students aged 15 and 17 have watched such content.Read more
- Greek Safer Internet Centre
Τhe coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdown has brought many changes to the way adults and children in Greece use the internet, as well as the need for new online safety messages. Find out how the Greek Safer Internet Centre (SIC) has responded to the crisis.Read more