Insafe network meets to discuss the impact of technology on individuals and society

Today, the Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs) begins a two-day training meeting in Manchester, UK. The meeting aims to facilitate experience and good-practice sharing across the network on a range of topical online safety issues, while continuing to enhance the collaborative learning community that has developed within the network.

A key focus for this meeting will be discussion on the impact that technology and social media is having on individuals and society, while also sharing best practices in addressing this. In a keynote session, Carl Miller of Demos (a leading UK cross-party political think tank), will talk about his attempts to track down and expose one of the most important things that shapes, guides and limits each of our lives: power. A new, digital form of power has chipped away at the old, familiar places where power used to sit; scaring CEOs, forcing politicians to resign, swallowing up newspapers, eclipsing experts, and pulling down companies. But as it rips down traditional centres of power, it has redistributed it in new, mysterious ways. Carl will also talk about how control and liberation are wrapped up together in the digital age. Parallel sessions will then look at issues such as the impact of technology on democracy, wellbeing, and hate speech.

The meeting will also provide an opportunity for Safer Internet Centre colleagues to gain an understanding of the role that public broadcasters play in helping to create a better internet for kids by developing content for children and young people and collaborating with safer internet stakeholders.

Once again, Open Space Technology will be used during the meeting as a method of encouraging interaction and debate, while whole-network discussions will also focus on planning for the next edition of Safer Internet Day taking place across the globe on Tuesday, 5 February 2019.

Hans Martens, Insafe Network Coordinator, said: "Once again, we're delighted to be able to bring network members together, face to face, at this biannual training meeting of the Insafe network. This opportunity to share experiences and expertise, and really focus in depth on pertinent issues, allows us all to further develop our strategies for creating a safer and better internet for Europe's children and young people. The emphasis on the impact of technology on individuals and society – and wellbeing in general - in this edition is key to our collaborative work, and it's a theme which we return to again and again, including at the forthcoming Safer Internet Forum to which all with an interest in this area are invited."

To find out more about Safer Internet Forum 2018 – and to register online – visit www.betterinternetforkids.eu/sif.

Alternatively, visit the Better Internet for Kids portal at www.betterinternetforkids.eu to discover more about the work of the Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres and wider stakeholders in the field, and subscribe to the quarterly Better Internet for Kids (BIK) bulletin for news and resources on the latest trends and challenges in online life. Find out more too about the ongoing #SaferInternet4EU campaign, delivering a range of initiatives throughout 2018 to help children, young people, parents, teachers, and other EU citizens to become empowered and responsible digital users.

Learn more about the work of UK Safer Internet Centre, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services, or find similar information for Safer Internet Centres throughout Europe.


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