COFACE-Families Europe – November 2018 newsletter now published

COFACE-Families Europe has recently published the November edition of its newsletter.

KMOP launches first mobile app against bullying in Greece

KMOP Live Without Bullying app logo

Greek NGO KMOP has launched a new mobile app called Live Without Bullying (LWB) allowing people experiencing or witnessing bullying at school or online to speak directly, free and anonymously to qualified psychologists to find a solution. The target audience is teenagers aged 13-18, as well as parents and teachers.

Dr Antonia Torrens, President of KMOP and responsible for the LWB programme said: "Children and teenagers, parents and teachers need information and constant support, both in terms of their mental strength and resilience, as well as information on the risks they face about the irrational use of the internet. We believe that the new Live Without Bullying application for mobile phones will be a powerful tool to counter bullying in our country."

For more information, visit the LWB website and read the COFACE article.

Gezinsbond: Winners of the Safer Internet Forum 2018

Gezinsbond and Child Focus with Commissioner Mariya Gabriel at Safer Internet Forum 2018

On Tuesday, 20 November 2018, during Safer Internet Forum (SIF), Gezinsbond – a COFACE-Families Europe member organisation – received, in partnership with Child Focus, the #SaferInternet4EU Award in the organisations category from the hands of Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel.

Read COFACE-Families Europe's account of the day on the COFACE website. For more information about SIF 2018 and past editions, visit the dedicated page on the BIK portal.

Population Europe: Policy brief on what kind of impact social media is having on adolescent health

Population Europe, the network of Europe's leading demographic centres, has released a policy brief on the impact of social media on teenagers' mental health. Some of the points that emerge from this paper are the following:

  • The number of teenagers dealing with mental illness, particularly depression, is on the rise. At the same time, suffering from depression at this stage of life can have long-lasting consequences on one's mental and physical health.
  • Social media use among teenagers has resulted in higher levels of unhappiness, anxiety and depression among young people.
  • Schools have an essential responsibility in educating young people about mental health, how to navigate social media, and how to seek support.

For more, read the full 19/2018 policy brief "The Mental Toll of Being Connected" on the Population Europe website and the COFACE-Families Europe article.

Read the full November 2018 edition of the COFACE newsletter for more information on issues affecting families in Europe.

* COFACE Families Europe has been involved for 60 years in building a strong social, family-friendly Europe. It brings forward the voice of millions of families, gathering 58 organisations from all over Europe. COFACE Families Europe advocates for strong social policies that take into consideration family needs and guarantee equal opportunities for all families. Find out more at

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