Save the date! The European Youth Week is getting close
- BIK Team
The European Youth Week will take place from Monday, 29 April to Sunday, 5 May 2019. This event takes place every two years and aims to celebrate and promote youth engagement through activities organised in all 33 countries participating in Erasmus+.
The event is organised by the European Commission, and coordinated at national level by the Erasmus+ National Agencies. Under the theme of "Democracy and me", the 2019 edition will explore the ways young people can participate in the democratic process. It is true that, with the European elections coming up, voting is essential, but there are many other ways young people in Europe can bring attention to the issues they truly care about – whether it is getting involved in voluntary work, reaching out to policy-makers, and so on.
To find all the European Youth Week events taking place around you, have a look at this map.
Additionally, a central event will take place in Brussels on Monday, 29 and Tuesday, 30 April 2019. It will consist in interactive conferences and debates on a wealth of topics of relevance to young people, from immigration to space, education, gender equality, volunteering opportunities, climate change and many more.
The highlight of the event will be a moderated debate about democratic participation in its various facets with young people who will be invited to share their own stories – in the presence of Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. There will also be activities such as bicycle tours, a live-screening of the Maastricht debate, the EUandME pop-up cinema and the Yo!Fest.
- BIK Team
To mark the European Youth Week, which focuses on "Democracy and me", the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Team curated a few engaging resources on democracy and political participation, targeted to young people. All these resources were designed by members of the Insafe network, across Europe.
- BIK Team
Studies carried out in various European countries in the latest decades all come the same conclusions: young Europeans disengage from – and sometimes, even disavow – democracy. Yet, there is more to this picture; the rise of digital technologies has empowered young people to participate in the democratic process in new ways.
- Polish Safer Internet Centre
The Digital Youth Forum (DYF) is an event designed for youth, by youth and about youth. Hosted in Warsaw, Poland, it takes the form of a conference that focusses on online safety and creative and innovative uses of new technologies as an alternative to risky online behaviours. It is organised as a one-day event, consisting of three 90-minute sessions (each with five presentations), each followed by 50-minute breaks for exploring the exhibition area. Three editions have been already been organised by the Empowering Children Foundation in the framework of the Polish Safer Internet Centre (SIC). Last year, a total of 450 participants attended the event, 400 of which were teenagers aged 14–17.
- BIK Team
All human beings have human rights, as inscribed in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But to what extent do we respect human rights when we cross the border from the offline world into the online space where anonymity comes into play and acts as a cover for behaviour that can sometimes be less respectful towards other human beings?