The youth panellists in the spotlight for Safer Internet Day 2019 in Hungary
- Hungarian Safer Internet Day
In Hungary, the main Safer Internet Day (SID) event was held on Tuesday, 5 February 2019 at the National University of Public Service in Service of the Nation, in Budapest.
After the programme coordinator's welcome speech, the event began with two different roundtable sessions:
- What can we do for a better internet? This roundtable gathered speakers from multiple backgrounds, such as hotline services, law enforcement agencies, as well as youth panellists, and a generation teacher.
- Good practices on the internet – This session was about good practices on the internet, such as some new Hungarian online safety apps for children, interactive e-books, Hungarian popular offline adventure stories about the dark net, or about artificial intelligence.
After these two very interesting roundtables, the Hungarian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) organised an internet safety Live Library with three separate topics:
- youth on the internet;
- soulmate (with a psychologist from the helpline centre);
- and cybercrime.
After a long but very interesting conversation with the experts, it was time for the award ceremony for the video making competition. The participating videos can be watched on the SIC's YouTube channel.
Photos: Eszter Gordon
Safer Internet Day 2019 in Hungary from a youth perspective – How did youth panellists feel on SID?
Zsófia Benedek, Hungarian youth panellist & BIK youth panellist in Brussels (2018):
"On SID 2019, Zoltán Zengő and myself represented the Hungarian Youth Panel in the Live Library. We had a chat with students of various ages, about, among other things, why is good about being a youth panellist. We talked about friendships made in online games and the risks they entail; about the fake news that trick many people; about influencers and about which security measures are available to protect ourselves against the dangers of the internet and who to turn when in trouble".
Laura Major, Hungarian youth panellist:
"In 2019, on the day of SID, we could attend fascinating and interesting lectures, and after that Dóra and myself had the chance to organise an enormous hunting game (playing an offline version of Likehunter), aiming to draw attention to the dangers of the internet in a playful way. The young people who participated were from different ages, and I found it intriguing to hear their ideas about the topic. I believe we both learned a lot. Personally, I find it interesting to learn about a situation from different point of views and to observe the different ways people solve them, as well as their different experiences. I am greatly thankful for participating in this event, and I believe we often forget how important it is to raise awareness of these online issues and to utilise our experiences in order to help ourselves and other people around us."
For more information, please visit the Hungarian Safer Internet Day profile page.
Find out more information about the work of the Hungarian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) generally, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services, or find similar information for Safer Internet Centres throughout Europe.
- Biztonsagosinternet, the Hungarian hotline
The "biztonsagosinternet.hu" hotline in Hungary is operated by the International Children's Safety Services (ICSS). However, in recent months, the departure of the previous analyst made it hard for the hotline to keep functioning properly. The position has since then been filled by a recent psychology graduate, who will also take over some tasks within the remit of the awareness centre.
- Internet Hotline, the Hungarian hotline
In Hungary, widespread online abuse where "content is made accessible without permission" spurred five Communication and Media Science BA students from the Corvinus University of Budapest to produce a film that was supported by National Media and Infocommunications Authority. Now, to mark Safer Internet Day 2019, it was promoted – with consent from the authors – as part of a mini-campaign on YouTube.
The effects of media on children and youth – declaration from the 9th International Media Conference
- Hungarian Safer Internet Centre
The 9th International Media Conference took place in Hungary from 27-29 September 2017, focusing on the effects of media on children and youth. Here follows a short report from the event, which resulted in speakers and participants adopting a joint declaration on their goals for the future of the internet.