Insafe resources: Good practice guides

From time to time, Insafe produces Good Practice Guides on a range of issues. These are typically produced as a result of surveys of the Insafe network to highlight resources or approaches which have worked well in a particular context, as a way of sharing the knowledge and expertise within and outside of the network. Please find details of our Good Practice Guides below.

Insafe Resources on online relationships (September 2014)

The Insafe Good Practice Guide for 2014 focuses on how the network deals with online relationships, including issues related to friendship, love, dating sites, sexting and sextortion, as well as gender violence and stereotypes. The report is based on data collected from Safer Internet Centres (SICs) from the 31 countries in the Insafe network, with the aim of detecting emerging trends and their evolution across Europe. The data in the report shows that for the period October 2013-March 2014, issues related to online relationships remain a major area of concern for young internet users.
 
The report analyses the issue and also provides useful recommendations for the organisations that work in this domain. The report sheds light on different aspects of online relationships and looks at it from different perspectives taking into account cultural attitudes, gender stereotypes, harassment etc.  It also catalogues the various resources which are available to support discussion and dialogue on this issue from across the network.
 
To read the report, click here.
 
 

Insafe resources for mobiles (October 2013)

With smartphones on the rise and tablets increasingly replacing desktop or laptop PCs , the provision of resources promoting a safe and responsible use of these new devices becomes increasingly important. Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices often work in entirely different ecosystems than more traditional technologies such as PCs. Their 'always-on' and 'always-connected' nature, as well as their very different operating systems and software purchasing processes, create exciting new opportunities but also pose significant new challenges for young people and those who support them. Therefore, the new dynamics of using such technology need to be appropriately addressed.
 
This report offers an analysis of information recently provided by Insafe Safer Internet Centres (SICs) concerning resources on mobile devices. It shows the large number of high-quality resources on mobile devices available in the network and highlights some innovative practices.
 
It also addresses the fundamental challenges that SICs face in addressing the ever-changing trends of mobile device use by young people.
 
Download the full report: Insafe resources on mobile devices.
 
 

Online safety resources for teens (November 2012)

The ‘Survey of resources for teens' presents resources from across Europe addressing the needs of teenagers (between 13 and 18 years old). In compiling the report, the Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs) provided an overview of the provision of information and resources for young people, and also resources for those with a care responsibility for them. Insafe has reviewed the SICs suggestions for how needs of teenagers can be met more effectively, has provided summaries of the successful strategies and has presented proposals for the future. 
 
Download the summary report: Survey of resources for teens
 
Download the full report: Survey of resources for teens.
 
 

Online safety resources for young internet users (March 2012)

This report examines the needs of the youngest internet users (aged nine and under) in terms of their online safety education. It also considers the needs of parents and teachers for appropriate resources that can help them to support the children in their care.
 
"Today, children are going online at an increasingly young age. While young internet users can benefit hugely from online technology given their innate curiosity and their enthusiasm to play and learn, they are often highly vulnerable due to their inexperience, undeveloped skills set and over-trustfulness" explains Janice Richardson, Insafe coordinator. "So, how do we ensure they are safe when online? How do we warn young children of the risks and dangers without drawing them into areas of awareness that might be unhelpful to them, or frighten them if presented in too dramatic a way? Clearly getting the messages right is extremely important for this age group".
 
The report outlines the results of a survey of 30 Safer Internet Centres on the current information and resources they provide for this age group. It summarises the challenges in developing resources for this age group, and highlights suitable channels of communication to reach young users as well as testing methods and measurements of impact for such resources.
 

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