European Commission – New measures to keep children safe online
- BIK Team
On Tuesday, 5 February 2019, on the occasion of Safer Internet Day (SID), the European Commission announced the next steps in the EU to increase the protection of children and young people on the internet.
Expert Group on Safer Internet for Children
A landmark measure will be the creation, in March 2019, of a new Expert Group on Safer Internet for Children. It will be tasked with proposing concrete actions to keep children safe online, and improving coordination and cooperation between EU Member States (with the addition of Iceland and Norway). This will therefore enable an efficient sharing of best practice on how to implement some of the specific provisions concerning minors in key existing legal acts, such as the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) or the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The first meeting of this body is scheduled for Wednesday, 6 March 2019 in Brussels.
Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, said: "I am pleased to announce the creation of the expert group today, on Safer Internet Day 2019. On this day, we focus more than ever on ways to enhance safe, positive and inclusive use of digital technology, especially among children and young people. This year's slogan, ‘Together for a Better Internet', is a timely reminder that no one country or organisation can act effectively on its own when it comes to internet safety. The coordination and cooperation between Member States is just as important in that regard as the valuable work it will do on proposing concrete actions."
For additional information regarding the Expert Group on Safer Internet for Children, visit the European Commission's website.
The Alliance to better protect minors online, two years on
The Alliance to better protect minors online, a self-regulatory platform composed of almost 40 key players from industry and civil society, was launched on Safer Internet Day 2017 and therefore celebrated two years of activity on SID 2019. On the occasion, an independent study was released, analysing the work of the Alliance so far in a very positive light, since most stakeholders involved have successfully met their commitments.
#SaferInternet4EU, looking back on 2018... and forward to 2019
The #SaferInternet4EU campaign on online safety, media literacy and cyber hygiene was launched on Safer Internet Day 2018 and therefore celebrates its first year of successful activities. Nearly 30 millions EU citizens have been reached by the campaign so far.
For more information, please see the infographic summarising the impact of the #SaferInternet4EU campaign to date.
To learn more, have a look at the factsheet on Safer Internet for the EU and browse through the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) and #SaferInternet4EU annual report.
The campaign will be continuing into 2019 – keep checking the #SaferInternet4EU corner on the BIK website for the latest updates.
- German Safer Internet Centre
On Monday, 11 February 2019, the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel, as well as film director and #SaferInternet4EU Ambassador Wim Wenders were invited by the German Safer Internet Centre (SIC) klicksafe to a school visit at the John-Lennon School in Berlin.
- BIK Team
The fourth evaluation on the EU Code of Conduct has been published on Monday, 4 February 2019, for Safer Internet Day (SID) 2019, demonstrating that this initiative by the European Commission (EC) delivers successful results.
- BIK Team
The Better Internet for Kids (BIK) and #SaferInternet4EU review of the year 2018 was released on Tuesday, 5 February 2019, on the occasion of Safer Internet Day (SID). It gives an extensive summary of the activities undertaken under the BIK umbrella and in the framework of the #SaferInternet4EU campaign.
- BIK Team
If it's the second day of the second week of the second month of the year, it means it's Safer Internet Day! Today, over 140 countries across the globe celebrate it in their own way, under the unifying slogan of "Together for a better internet", calling on all stakeholders to join together and play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, in particular for children and young people.