Everything starts with us! SID 2018 in Lithuania

  • Awareness
  • 28/03/2018
  • Lithuanian Safer Internet Centre

Safer Internet Day (SID) was celebrated on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 right across the globe. Find out how the Lithuanian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) marked the day.

On 6 February 2018, the Lithuanian national Safer Internet Day event took place at the national conference centre LITEXPO, where all the largest exhibitions of the country take place. The event focused on 5th and 7th grade pupils, their teachers and their parents. All activities of the event were presented by Audrius Bružas, an actor known for Lithuanian improvisational theatre, cinema and television work. Audrius is well known among children and youth, and is able to communicate with younger and older audiences equally.

The theme of SID 2018 was "Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you". During the event, we stressed that we all are creating a better internet in which not only content is important, but also respect for each other. We therefore decided that it's very important to say that a better internet starts with us… this is one of the main reasons why we chose the title of the event "Everything starts with us!".

The event kicked off with the showing of a video for teacher, parents and pupils: "Tips for parents on how to help kids online" and "Tips for curbing online bullying". Later, a lecture on the topic "How to properly use social networks?!" was given. The lecture was broadcast live and translated with sign language. We invited everyone to watch the broadcast, and especially Lithuanian school communities. A video of the lecture can be seen here.

Students participated in six different activities with a focus on safer internet issues. All of them tried:

  1. to build robots together with a team of the Robotics Academy.
  2. to pose for a Safer Internet magazine cover in a photography studio.
  3. to try out programming skills by playing the game "Scottie go".
  4. to test knowledge in solving various tasks on the topic of internet security. The tasks were performed using interactive floors, walls and tables.
  5. to be a movie star when they were interviewed by "journalists" (youth panel members).
  6. to share the photos taken at the event using the hashtag #TogetherForRespect.

Through the activities, we aimed to show the participating children the opportunities which the virtual world offers and to help them learn more about its possibilities, while also showing them the importance of teamwork.

In Lithuania, we always involve youth panel members in SID activities. During the main SID 2018 event, youth panellists took on the role of reporters, accompanied by the Youth Panel Coordinator. Youth panellists supported the participants, performed interactive activities, filmed video reports, and awarded the winners of the creative competition run by the Lithuanian SIC in December 2017. The youth panel's SID 2018 video reports will be published at a later date on the project website at www.draugiskasinternetas.lt.

Another target group of this event was adults (teachers and parents). Adults had the opportunity to participate in practical activities designed specifically for them. Various specialists, such as children's psychologists, representatives of the Ministry of National Defense, representatives from the Education Development Centre (EDC) and others, shared their experience on the topic of online safety. Safer Internet Ambassadors also shared their experiences and moderated the whole adult part.

In parallel, a round table discussion of policy makers, industry, SIC representatives, Advisory Board and Steering Committee members, and youth panellists took place. Participants discussed policy issues relating to the protection of children on the internet, shared their experiences and knowledge of who and in which areas it is formed, and considered the role of non-governmental and public organisations and business in the development of a safer and better internet. Participants also discussed possibilities for collaboration alongside supporting youth panel and awareness-raising activities, taking into consideration recommendations from OECD experts:

  • Strengthen initiatives to educate and empower children and parents to evaluate and minimise risks online.
  • Encourage further opportunities for cooperation and dialogue between key governmental and non-governmental institutions.
  • Improve the regular monitoring and measurement of the evolution of children's digital literacy and further the growth of a robust empirical and analytical basis for evidence-based policy development and implementation.

The event culminated with an awards ceremony for various competitions conducted in the framework of Safer Internet Day. To encourage the participants to take part in this event again and again, the coordinators of the event honoured every winner and gave them a chance to personally present their work. All event participants received yellow hats with the emblem of the project.
          

More photos from the event can be found here, while video material related to Safer Internet Day 2018 can be found here.

In addition to the main event, the word about SID 2018 and the Lithuanian Safer Internet Programme was spread during an entire Safer Internet Week (5-9 February 2018). Activities included:

  • Safer Internet Centre representatives participated in national TV and radio shows.
  • Schools were invited to join the eSafety label community, to fill in the assessment form and get the eSafety label for their school.
  • Schools were invited to join events taking place in libraries.
  • The "Safer Internet Week in my school" campaign encouraged educators to arrange various events in Lithuanian schools, either as competitions for students, or as creative or educational activities.
  • The activities of the eTwinning programme were promoted in Lithuanian schools.
  • The activities of the project's Consortium members were shared.
  • A "Workshop of the Youth Forum of Safer Internet Day 2018" was held.
  • All Lithuanian schools were invited to share their activities via the project website.

    

The support of Lithuanian national radio and television greatly increased the visibility of Safer Internet Day 2018 due to its high ratings, with one example being a quiz on internet safety on the national television morning show "Labas rytas, Lietuva". For the entire Safer Internet Week, the host of the show held a quiz about internet safety each morning and TV viewers called the studio to answer questions. The winners were awarded with thermos cups with Safer Internet Centre logos.

See the Lithuanian Safer Internet Day profile page for further information.

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

Images copyright of the Lithuanian Safer Internet Centre.


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