Safer Internet Day 2016: take your privacy into your own hands!

  • Awareness
  • 02/09/2016
  • Belgian Safer Internet Centre

On Tuesday, 9 February 2016, we celebrated the annual world day for a safer internet. Safer Internet Day was celebrated this year for the thirteenth time in more than 120 countries, including 28 countries of the European Union. Child Focus organises Safer Internet Day in Belgium.

This year, Child Focus focused on the growing criminal phenomenon of sextortion. In 2015, Child Focus handled 16 cases related to sextortion, which were reported through the eSafety helpline 116 000. Child Focus created a prevention campaign to inform young people and raise awareness about these criminal practices through an educational video with a credible story and with a test where young people can check their resilience on the basis of two entertaining games about chatting with strangers and sexuality. Finally, there is a useful gadget, namely the ‘Child Focus webcam cover'. With this we want to give the message that young people can and should take their privacy into their own hands.
Along with this, we posted tips and tricks on a regular basis through our social media and website to advise young people about what they can do if they are victims of this phenomenon. The internet has become an integral part of the lives of children and young people: they spend an average of one hour per day online, even more at weekends. They share pictures, videos, but are also self-producers of online content. According to a recent study, 26.7 per cent of young people between 12 and 18 years have more than 200 friends on Facebook, the most popular social network of Flemish youth. Moreover, it appears that 48 per cent of young people have added unknown persons to their contact list in a chat program.
Watch the Child Focus prevention video here (in Dutch):

A French version is also available here.
Find out more about the work of the Belgian Safer Internet Centre, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services.
You can also check out the new decision tree resource on sextortion (in English) from the Austrian Safer Internet Centre for more tips on staying safe online.
Find out more about Safer Internet Day at

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Child Focus Youth Ambassadors

  • Youth
  • 05/08/2016
  • Belgian Safer Internet Centre

Child Focus is taking youth participation to the next level! In order to find motivated and enthusiastic youngsters for our Youth Platform, we want to implement a structured approach towards Belgian secondary schools. Interested schools who want to work on initiatives for better online experiences and related topics can apply to participate in the initiative for ‘Youth Ambassadors for Better Internet'. A minimum of 20 schools will be chosen on a yearly basis.