Universal Children's Day

Today is recognised as Universal Children's Day - an opportunity to promote and celebrate the rights of children around the world. The date, 20 November, marks the day on which the United National Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. 

The Convention sets out a number of children's rights including the right to life, to health, to education and to play, as well as the right to family life, to be protected from violence, to not be discriminated, and to have their views heard… all of which apply equally in the online world as they do in the real world. 
 
Here, we provide you with an overview of our activities in order to support, protect and empower children and young people online in Europe and beyond. 
 
Raising awareness
 
We, the joint Insafe-INHOPE network, deploy a range of digital tools and services that help make the internet a trusted environment for children. On a monthly basis, the national awareness centres reach hundreds of thousands of European citizens with a wide range of awareness-raising resources, such as videogames, video spots, websites, online tools, apps, books, digital publications, gadgets and brochures touching upon several online topics, such as online relationships and internet addiction. Explore eSafety resources in your national language at www.betterinternetforkids.eu/web/portal/resources.
 
Empowering young people
 
In order to create a better internet for children and young people, we also promote initiatives which empower young people to reflect and voice their opinions on online issues.
 
This is possible through the work of the European national youth panels where young people have a space to reflect on their online rights and responsibilities, and can seek information and advice on issues they encounter online. One of our most successful initiatives, which encourages young people to promote their rights and be active participants in debates on online issues, is the Youth Manifesto.  The Youth Manifesto publication was produced by young people themselves and outlines 10 principles they consider essential to create a better internet, aimed specifically at policymakers and other key stakeholders. Now downloaded over 30,000 times, the Youth Manifesto publication has been well received by the general public. This positive feedback was evident in the support of our recent Youth Manifesto Thunderclap campaign which reached over 112,000 people.
 
Assisting young people online
 
A core part of our work is to provide information, advice and assistance to children and young people on how to deal with online issues, such as cyberbullying, sexting or grooming. This work is conducted by our helpline network which also gathers data on online issues in Europe. Consult information on the latest emerging trends in your country at http://helplines.betterinternetforkids.eu/.
 
Reporting illegal content
 
It is also important for young people to know that they can report any illegal or harmful content they encounter online. The network of hotlines can then collaborate with law-enforcement bodies and internet service providers, among other appropriate parties, to help reduce the flow of illegal content online. 
 
Find more information and report illegal content on the INHOPE website.
 
Spreading the better internet message for children across the world
 
In addition, since 2005 we have been coordinating the Safer Internet Day campaign. Safer Internet Day has become a landmark event in the online safety calendar as multiple stakeholders – children and young people, parents and carers, educators, industry, NGOS and policymakers – come together to create a better and safer internet for all, but especially for children and young people.
 
Safer Internet Day is now celebrated in over 100 countries and supported by over 40 organisations such as ASKfm, Disney, Vodafone and Lego, to name just a few. On Safer Internet Day 2015, at least 19,000 schools celebrated the day and 28 million people were involved in SID actions across Europe.
 
Building on the success of previous editions of Safer Internet Day, we invite you all to ‘Play your part for a better internet' on 9 February 2016, as we aim to make the next edition of the day the biggest and best yet. Find out more at the Safer Internet Day website: www.saferinternetday.org
 
Stay up to date with all our news and latest initiatives by subscribing to the quarterly Better Internet for Kids (BIK) bulletin.

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