Commissioner Gabriel at the 12th Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online conference

For the 12th International Conference on Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online, Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, released a video message to congratulate the organisers of the event, the Polish and German Safer Internet Centres. She also reaffirmed her commitment to involve all stakeholders – policymakers, civil society organisations, teachers, parents, young people and children themselves – in the challenge to give children and young people the tools to become fully equipped digital citizens.

Technology is in every aspect of our daily lives. Yet, children and young people are the vulnerable targets of many different and equally concerning online risks – cyberbullying, grooming, privacy concerns, disinformation, and violent or scary content. Studies demonstrate that these phenomena can have long-lasting negative effects on many children's psychological and emotional development.

For this reason, the Commissioner strives to make children's online wellbeing a top priority at European level, and to turn the EU into a leader in this regard. To achieve this objective, she supports a significant amount of initiatives:

Upcoming initiatives include the European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) in October, EU Code Week from 6 to 21 October 2018, and the launch of a MOOC (massive open online course) for teachers on cyber hygiene, via the eTwinning platform.

To learn more about the 12th International Conference on Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online, read our article about the event or visit the conference website.


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