Luxembourg conference gathers about 100 international experts

  • Awareness
  • 16/05/2017
  • Luxembourg Safer Internet Centre

About 100 participants from all over Europe gathered at Forum Geeseknäppchen in Luxembourg City on 27-28 April 2017 to attend the conference "Children and Youth on the Net". The main topic of the conference was the question of what should international connected media education and youth protection on the internet look like in 2017.

International leading experts in the field delivered short speeches to answer this pressing question. Uwe Hasebrink from the Hans-Bredow-Insitut in Hamburg (EU Kids Online) opened the conference with his speech "On the need to permanently reinvent the wheel". He presented the consequences of ever-more-rapidly evolving information technologies for science, media pedagogy and youth work.

Participants, from a range of different fields such as education, science, pedagogy, NGOs and the media sector, used the opportunity to exchange viewpoints on their daily task: to further positive experiences with digital media while at the same time minimising the potential risks and dangers.

The participants enjoyed a diverse and interesting programme, delivered through a series of round-tables and (practical) workshops. The thematic range was wide, with topics including the chances and risks of media consumption, digital participation in the youth sector, the scientific evaluation of youth (media) work and the role of parents and carers. Furthermore, the participants could sharpen their own digital skill-set in creative hands-on workshops.

The detailed conference programme and speaker biographies are available from the BEE SECURE website. Presentations from the conference will be made available from the same location in due course. A photo gallery from the event is also available.
The dedicated and involved participants made it possible for the conference to fulfill its goal: to get a better understanding how children and young people use online media and technology. As these media are an important part of their reality, it is crucial to further our knowledge of the chances and risks.

The conference was financed by the University of Luxembourg, the "ERASMUS+" programme and Service National de la Jeunesse (SNJ) (the national youth service in Luxembourg).

Find out more about the work of the Luxembourgish Safer Internet Centre, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services.

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