Portuguese Safer Internet Centre: COVID-19 resources
- BIK Team
The Portuguese Safer Internet Centre has published a number of articles (in Portuguese) on staying safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below you can find them organised by topic.
* Please note – resource listings are being added to regularly, so please check back often for the latest information *
Positive content and well-being at home
- Working at home. Working from home is new to many people and the move to work from home or telework can affect us in different ways. If you are new to working from home, we hope this article will be helpful. It offers some quick and easy tips, tricks and techniques for those trying to have a healthy balance between work and personal life.
- Well-being kit (fillable). This 14-day well-being diary provides children with some daily activities as a reference to make everyday life more fulfilling. They can fill it in with activities, feelings, achievements, and unusual situations lived in the context of the COVID-19 lockdown to help them better deal with quarantine, while supporting their healthy and balanced development in a playful way. There is an English version available too.
How to respond to online risks under the COVID-19 pandemic
- Home study: Tips to stay safe. At a time when face-to-face lessons are no longer possible, teachers and students are using internet platforms and services to remain connected and interact. This campaign aims to promote a safe environment while studying at home.
- Netflix parental controls. Children and young people being at home for a long time tends to lead to an increase in their use of the internet, including streaming platforms such as Netflix. Netflix has recently updated its parental control options to allow parents to more efficiently manage the content their children can access. Internet Segura shares a Netflix parental control guide.
Emergency remote teaching
- School support website. The Directorate-General for Education (DGE), in collaboration with the National Agency for Qualification and Vocational Education (ANQEP), has built a website with a set of resources to support schools with emergency remote teaching. This support should enable all children and young people to maintain regular contact with their teachers and classmates, consolidate knowledge already acquired, and develop new knowledge. Given the great diversity of contexts in the country, DGE highlights solutions that use simple and non-demanding technology and do not require high digital skills.
- Safety recommendations for distance learning for Portuguese schools. The Directorate-General for Education (DGE) from the Portuguese Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the National Cybersecurity Centre and the National Data Protection Commission, has produced a set of recommendations and guidelines for teachers and educators to abide by when using digital technologies to support distance learning.
The Portuguese Safer Internet Centre also provides helpline services allowing children and young people, and parents and carers to access personalised advice and support. Equally, it provides a hotline for reporting any illegal content you mind find online. Don't hesitate to contact them in case of need!
In addition, we'll be bringing you a range of articles and insights on the opportunities and challenges of being online during COVID-19 in the coming days and weeks. Keep checking the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal and follow our social channels on Twitter (@Insafenetwork and @SafeInternetDay) and Facebook (@SaferInternet and @SaferInternetDay) for the latest news, information, advice and resources from the Insafe network and from other stakeholder organisations on staying safe online during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Portuguese Safer Internet Centre
The Directorate-General for Education from the Portuguese Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the National Cybersecurity Centre and the National Data Protection Commission, have produced a set of recommendations and guidelines for teachers and educators to abide by when using digital technologies to support distance learning.
- BIK Team
Misinformation on matters of public health is not a new phenomenon, but it has seen a sudden rise since the COVID-19 outbreak began. Disinformation and fake news are rife, with some claiming that the coronavirus is a biological weapon created for various purposes, that zinc kills the virus, or that Big Pharma is exaggerating the importance of the pandemic to boost sales.
- Portuguese Safer Internet Centre
The results of the European study "EU Kids Online 2020" were released on Tuesday, 11 February 2020, for the Safer Internet Day. In the article below, the Portuguese Safer Internet Centre (SIC) analyses the results obtained by Portuguese children and young people.