Together for a better internet on Safer Internet Day in Belgium
- Belgian Safer Internet Centre
On Tuesday, 11 February 2020, the world celebrated Safer Internet Day (SID) with the theme "Together for a better internet!". Belgian young people, just like their European peers, have a real passion for the internet, but don't always use it safely. Therefore, the goal of SID is to promote a rich, creative, but also safe digital experience among young people.
Safer Internet Day is a worldwide event initiated by the European Commission and organised every year in February, with the aim of making the internet a fun, creative, satisfying and safe place for everyone. Celebrated in more than 170 countries, Safer Internet Day has rapidly spread beyond Europe and is now a major event on the global digital agenda.
In Belgium, Safer Internet Day is supported by the B-BICO Consortium (Belgian Better Internet Consortium - www.b-bico.be), which brings together players directly involved in online safety, media literacy and the positive use of this fantastic medium. The strength of this consortium: bringing together partners on both sides of the language border, who are committed to the safe and responsible use of the internet among young people.
The B-BICO consortium encouraged schools, libraries, sports clubs and youth movements to set up one or more educational actions on Tuesday, 11 February 2020 to make young people aware of the different facets of virtual life, such as rights and responsibilities, multiple identities, disinformation, privacy, creating content, and so on.
Highlighting the benefits of the use of the internet can help raise young people's awareness of the pitfalls. "We need to prepare children and invite young people to think about the consequences of their digital actions so that they learn how to protect their privacy on social networks and thus maximise the opportunities of their online experience," said Heidi De Pauw, CEO of Child Focus.
Parents, teachers, businesses, digital professionals, politicians, young people or citizens could also show their commitment by sharing concrete actions through social networks that they intended to work on to make the internet a user-friendly and secure space. This campaign is accessible at: www.togetherforabetterinternet.be
For more information about Safer Internet Day activities in Belgium, visit the Belgian Safer Internet Centre's Safer Internet Day profile page.
Find out more information about the work of the Belgian 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.
- Belgian Safer Internet Centre
In Belgium, Technopolis officially introduced Friend Zone, a brand-new digital escape game developed by IBM, Child Focus, LUCA School of Arts and Technopolis. The game connects to the world of young people aged 14-18 and presents them with a series of digital and social challenges related to hacking, sexting, privacy, new technologies and disinformation. Schools can book the game.
- 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.
- BIK Team
In celebration of Safer Internet Day (SID) 2020, a group of Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Youth Ambassadors prepared a Youth Pledge for a Better Internet on how to make the information on the apps and services they use on the internet more age appropriate for children and young people.