Commissioner Gabriel at the 12th Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online conference
- BIK Team
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.
Today in Warsaw policy makers, industry, civil society, teachers and parents discuss and share best practises on "Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online". Thank you for your work and keep supporting the #SaferInternet4EU campaign! @NASK_pl @kicksafe & #SaferInternetCentre pic.twitter.com/EVNbQxv1ky— Mariya Gabriel (@GabrielMariya) September 18, 2018
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:
- The work of the network of European Safer Internet Centres (SICs), through awareness raising, helplines, hotlines and youth participation activities, benefits tens of thousands of children, young people, parents, educators and teachers.
- SICs, and other stakeholders, reach millions of citizens every year through awareness-raising activities, notably during Safer Internet Day (SID), a landmark event in the online safety calendar, which is now celebrated in more than 140 countries.
- The Alliance to Better Protect Minors Online, which is a self-regulatory initiative involving a variety of stakeholders (leading ICT and media companies, NGOs and UNICEF) aiming to address harmful content, harmful conduct and harmful contact online.
- The #SaferInternet4EU campaign, a EU-wide series of initiatives – including the #SaferInternet4EU Awards, a massive open online course (MOOC) on online safety for teachers, the Back2School campaign – promoting media literacy, cyber hygiene and online safety.
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.
- Polish and German Safer Internet Centres
We are pleased to invite you to follow the 12th International Conference "Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online", which will take place at the Novotel Airport Hotel in Warsaw on 18 and 19 September 2018 and will be livestreamed online.
- Austrian Safer Internet Centre
EU Commissioner Gabriel visited the Bundesrealgymnasium Feldgasse today, together with the Austrian Federal Minister Faßmann. During this Back2School event, a milestone in the #SaferInternet4EU campaign, students discussed safe internet usage.