Celebrating Safer Internet Day 2020 in Romania
- Romanian Safer Internet Centre
Save the Children Romania, coordinator of the Romanian Safer Internet Centre (SIC), celebrated Safer Internet Day (SID) 2020 by organising a public press event called "Challenges of internet use: Proliferation of child sexual abuse materials online".
The conference took place on Tuesday, 11 February 2020 in Bucharest, with the purpose of addressing the topics of child exploitation and the proliferation of child sexual abuse materials online. It brought together representatives of the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police, the National Authority for the Rights of Disabled Persons, Children and Adoption, the National Centre for Response in Incidents of Cyber Security, the Cybercrime Programme Office of the Council of Europe, the U.S. Embassy in Romania and International Justice Mission.
Representatives of public authorities provided procedural details and statistics on how to work with and intervene in cases of child sexual abuse, and foreign speakers addressed the issue from a global perspective. Each partner present expressed their willingness to further collaborate in order to prevent and combat the sexual exploitation of children online, and discussions focused on how education and prevention are key to tackling child sexual exploitation.
The participants in the room were representatives of companies, psychologists, teachers, social workers, school counsellors, other specialists and members of the press. They found the presentations useful and engaged in debates and discussions at the end of the event.
During the conference, the 2019 results of the Safer Internet Programme in Romania were also presented. Thus, during the previous year, educational activities consisting of informative sessions, school competitions and community actions developed with the support of 1,000 volunteers, teachers, trainers and specialists, involved over 87,000 children and 17,000 parents nationally.
The overall attendance and impact of the event was great, as many media channels covered it, with twelve national televised reports, eight radio, one print and over 73 online articles.
"A world without fear" discussions and activities in Romanian classrooms
Due to changes in the school calendar, Safer Internet Day (SID) 2020 was celebrated on a school day, rather than on vacation as it usually is the case in Romania. Therefore, besides the press conference, the Romanian SIC seized this opportunity and launched an educational initiative dedicated to celebrating Safer Internet Day in schools.
Teachers were invited to use the videos from the "A world without fear" campaign, launched at the end of 2019, to start conversations with children about cyberbullying and online risks in general, but also to promote the Romanian Helpline. Over 1,100 teachers responded positively to the SIC's invitation and organised educational activities in their classrooms, between Monday, 10 and Friday, 14 February, involving approximately 33,000 children and adolescents across the country.
For more information about Safer Internet Day activities in Romania, visit the Romanian Safer Internet Centre's Safer Internet Day profile page.
Find out more information about the work of the Romanian 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.
- German Safer Internet Centre
The German Awareness Centre klicksafe proudly looks back on a very successful Safer Internet Day (SID) in the country. In 2020, more than 240 events took place across Germany, focusing on a variety of different online safety topics.
- Irish Safer Internet Centre
In Ireland, the 2020 edition of Safer Internet Day (SID) has attracted more participants than ever before. Over 170,000 people have signed up to the Safer Internet Day in Ireland Event Map, highlighting what they are doing to celebrate the big day.
- ChildSafeNet, the Nepalese Safer Internet Day Committee
ChildSafeNet, together with partner organisations, held a cyber safety awareness event to mark Safer Internet Day (SID) on Tuesday, 11 February 2020, at Patan durbar square area, with the slogan "Together for a better internet". ChildSafeNet, a specialised organisation working to protect children and young people online is the coordinator and promoter of Safer Internet Day in Nepal.
- Austrian Safer Internet Centre
On Tuesday, 11 February 2020, Austria celebrated Safer Internet Day with a multi-stakeholder conference to discuss supporting children and young people growing up in the digital age.
- Maltese Safer Internet Centre
Safer Internet Day (SID) has become a landmark event in the Maltese online safety calendar. Through the BeSmartOnline! project, the Maltese Safer Internet Centre (SIC) strives to empower and protect children and young people from risks associated with online activity. The aim is to ensure access to a safe online environment and inspire a national discussion about using technology responsibly, respectfully and creatively.
- Polish Safer Internet Centre
On Tuesday, 11 February 2020, Poland managed to beat its 2019 record number of local initiatives organised on Safer Internet Day (SID). The SID 2020 campaign has resulted in 4,600 institutions actively involved in undertaking online safety-related initiatives. Nearly 900,000 children, youth, parents and teachers participated in SID actions throughout the country.
- Czech Safer Internet Centre
The motto of the 2020 edition of Safer Internet Day (SID) was once again "Together for a better internet". For this reason, the Czech Safer Internet Centre (SIC) decided to involve key TV and media providers in the country in some activities.
- Estonian Safer Internet Centre
In February 2020, the Estonian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) coordinated Safer Internet Day (SID) actions in Estonia with various awareness events and the publication of thematic awareness raising materials.
- Better Internet Centre, the Ukrainian Safer Internet Day Committee
The Ukrainian state, together with non-governmental organisations, businesses, educational institutions, media and libraries, recently took part in the traditional annual Safer Internet Day (SID) celebrations, along with over 170 countries across the world.
- French Safer Internet Centre
On Tuesday, 11 February 2020, Safer Internet Day was marked in 170 countries around the world – the French Safer Internet Centre (SIC) was part of the celebrations, with one specificity however; in France, Safer Internet Day lasts for an entire month.