Challenging cyberbullying on SID 2018 in Italy

  • Awareness
  • 24/03/2018
  • Italian Safer Internet Centre

Safer Internet Day (SID) was celebrated on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 right across the globe. Read on to find out more about how the Italian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) celebrated the day, with a strong focus on measures to challenge cyberbullying.

Using the web consciously, and also the active and responsible role that everyone can play to in surfing the internet positively and safely, was the goal of the 2018 Safer Internet Day campaign in Italy, promoted by Generazioni Connesse, the Italian Safer Internet Centre.
This year, an event involving adolescents and children was organised for SID 2018 at the Brancaccio Theatre in Rome, while many schools also watched remotely via a live stream from the event. During the morning, which opened with a live broadcast from a Commissioner-led event at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the new video from the national series of cartoons, "Super Errori", was launched.
Italian Super Errori series
To coincide with SID 2018, we also celebrated the second national day against bullying and cyberbullying in schools entitled "Blue Knot - schools against bullying". Students, schools and partners have joined and shared the "Blue Knot" through their communications channels, a symbol of a national stance against bullying by Italian schools.
Italian Blue Knot campaign logo
Many other initiatives were presented on the occasion of Safer Internet Day 2018, such as "Be Aware. Be Digital", promoted by the Security Information Department of the Council Presidency. The aim of the campaign is to promote an aware use of the internet and technologies, with particular attention to the issue of data protection on the web. Likewise, "Campioni di Fair Play" is a campaign dedicated to cyberbullying: a value path for spreading the educational values of sport, fair play and the fight against bullying. This campaign is realized by CONI and MIUR in collaboration with the National Sports Federations.
Italian Be Aware campaign logo
Playful moments were alternated with a more "institutional" approach during SID celebrations, with study steps including answers and recommendations from experts. Approximately 900 students were present in the theatre where they participated in games to test their knowledge of web risks. At the end of the event, students of the Largo Oriani school gave a rap performance on the theme of bullying.
Also on the occasion of SID 2018, one of seven seminars for youth professionals (an activity coordinated by Save the Children within the Safer Internet Centre), took place in Florence at "Brunelleschi Hall" of the Innocenti's Institute. The seminar, organised in collaboration with the University of Florence with the patronage of the Florence's Municipality, involved approximately 150 youth professionals. See the Generazioni Connesse website for more on the event.
See also the Italian Safer Internet Day profile page for further information on SID activities in the country more generally.
Find out more about the work of the Italian Safer Internet Centre (SIC), including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services.
Images copyright of the Italian Safer Internet Centre.

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