Icelandic Safer Internet Centre: COVID-19 resources
- BIK Team
The Icelandic Safer Internet Centre has published a number of articles (in Icelandic) 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
- Keeping young people busy at home during the corona crisis. This info-sheet contains good tips on using the internet with children during the COVID-19 pandemic and a fun game that examines the knowledge of children and adults about the virus, its effects, and how to avoid infection. Parents and other family members are encouraged to learn the instructions of the game and play "Beat the Virus" with their children. The resource is originally from the Council of Europe but the Icelandic SIC partner Home and School has translated, adapted and distributed the resource to schools, teachers and parents across the country.
- Homes and university - education for parents. The School of Education of the University of Iceland, in collaboration with Home and School (an Icelandic SIC partner), has launched a series of online lectures for parents. Scholars from the School of Education, together with well-known guests, will discuss various aspects of family life during the extraordinary times we are living in: support for children's and young people's education; education and communication; home and school connections; relationships and experience; leisure time and routine; and sleep and health. The online lectures are live 2-3 business days each week, and parents can submit questions to be discussed in the session.
How to respond to online risks under the COVID-19 pandemic
1717 helpline. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Icelandic helpline has launched a series of online videos to promote the available services to all those who are in need of assistance due to internet-related issues. The helpline offers an opportunity to talk about issues with complete confidentiality and anonymity with a neutral party. The helpline can also provide information about options and services available to individuals who need further assistance in solving their issues.
Emergency remote teaching
- The impact of COVID-19 on adolescents. As everyone knows, COVID-19 has had a deep impact on the entire world population, including those studying. Schools around the world have closed and tried to keep the lessons going in different ways. An Icelandic grade-10 student talks about the worries and uncertainties of those who will graduate from elementary school this year.
The Icelandic 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.
- Icelandic Safer Internet Centre
For Safer Internet Day 2020, the Icelandic Safer Internet Centre (SIC) planned multiple activities.
- Icelandic Safer Internet Centre
With the ever-increasing role of internet connected devices in the daily lives of people during recent years, the need has grown for research on media use of the youngest children. Smartphones and tablets have become common and tablets are preferred by little fingers. The aim of this study was to provide an overview of the media use of 0-to-8 year olds in Iceland and their parents' attitudes towards that use.