COFACE Families Europe – December 2017 newsletter now published

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  • 21/12/2017
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COFACE Families Europe has recently published the December 2017 edition of its newsletter featuring several items which touch upon the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) areas of work.

On 20 December 2017, COFACE Families Europe, presented a part of the Council of Europe's Internet Literacy Handbook (ILH) at the annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The ILH was updated with the help of COFACE Families Europe, which contributed new chapters on issues such as big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The ILH is aimed at teachers, educators, students and the general public in order to increase their overall digital skills in navigating the internet, starting from the most elementary topics like how the internet works, to more detailed discussions about specific topics like cyberbullying, digital citizenship or big data. The flash session at IGF provided an opportunity to discuss the contents of the ILH with the participants, showcase some of the updates, and reflect on ways to improve on the existing work.

The latest version of the ILH is now available online on the Council of Europe website.

Members of COFACE Families Europe provide a wide range of support services to families, including support services to children, teachers, and parents on ways to tackle bullying and cyberbullying. The impact of bullying on victims is well known; it affects their self-esteem, school performance and can even lead to suicidal thoughts and attempts. Cyberbullying also has an impact on perpetrators, bystanders, parents and schools.

In September 2017, a COFACE network delegation took a closer look at the Greek digital platform "Live Without Bullying", coordinated by KMOP in Greece. They reviewed the programme and used it as a starting point for European exchanges on the situation in their respective countries. The aim of the review was to look at the implementation of the good practice of the platform on a practical level, compare it with programmes and challenges in other countries, and assess whether and how it can be transferred to other contexts.

Read the full December 2017 edition of the COFACE newsletter for a whole host of other updates on issues affecting families in Europe.

* COFACE Families Europe has been involved for 59 years in building a strong social, family-friendly Europe. It brings forward the voice of millions of families, gathering 58 organisations from all over Europe. COFACE Families Europe advocates for strong social policies that take into consideration family needs and guarantee equal opportunities for all families. Find out more at www.coface-eu.org.


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