AWARENESS

Within the Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs), National Awareness Centres (NACs) focus on raising awareness and understanding of safer internet issues and emerging trends.

They run campaigns to empower children, young people, parents, carers and teachers with the skills, knowledge and strategies to stay safe online and take advantage of the opportunities that the internet and mobile technologies provide.

The network also works extensively with other stakeholders, such as the research community, industry and other NGOs, to extend the reach of key messages and awareness-raising actions.

On this page, you'll find a selection of articles corresponding to awareness-raising work.

To find contact details for your National Awareness Centre, visit your Safer Internet Centre profile page.

SIMOOC: A joint MOOC for teachers in Austria, Germany and Luxembourg

  • Awareness
  • 24/11/2017
  • Austrian, German and Luxembourgish Safer Internet Centres

A MOOC – massive open online course – is an online course with open access via the web. Saferinternet.at (part of the Austrian Safer Internet Centre), klicksafe (part of the German Safer Internet Centre), and BEE SECURE (part of the Luxembourgish Safer Internet Centre) have developed a free "Safer internet MOOC" in German. Called SIMOOC, it shows teachers how to use the internet safely in the classroom.

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Protect your family with four steps to managing apps

  • Awareness
  • 24/11/2017
  • Hilary Bird, Guest blogger

Here on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal, we're always pleased to hear from different stakeholders on how they contribute to a better and safer internet for children and young people in their own areas of work and activities. We were recently contacted by Hilary Bird, a freelance writer, who writes about relationships and tech, and how they impact on each other. Here, she offers some top tips for managing apps on your smartphone.

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How to deal with new media within the family

  • Awareness
  • 23/11/2017
  • Austrian Safer Internet Centre

Saferinternet.at, part of the Austrian Safer Internet Centre (SIC), has updated its popular brochure "Medien in der Familie". This updated resource aims to help parents to deal with the digital challenges which they may encounter in everyday life.

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SIF 2017 is here!

Safer Internet Forum (SIF) 2017 takes place today, Thursday, 23 November 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. With a theme of "From children's tech to resilient youth – how to foster wellbeing online?", the SIF agenda includes sessions on children and robotic toys, building resilience with vulnerable groups, whether we should verify age online, and the scale of the challenge being faced in tackling child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online.

Check out the agenda and Forum brochure now.

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SoMe Youth Panel in Denmark

  • Awareness
  • 22/11/2017
  • Danish Safer Internet Centre

The Danish youth ambassador panel, "SoMe Youth Panel", consists of ten young people (six girls and four boys) aged 13-18. They have been recruited from around Denmark with representation from different demographic, ethnic and socio-economic groups and with no special prerequisites for participation other than being young, and being prepared to take part in the workshops and to be the voice of a generation in different contexts. In recruiting young people for the youth panel, the Danish Safer Internet Centre (SIC) benefitted from the great network of schools that Save the Children Denmark (SCDK) and the Centre for Digital Youth Care (CDYC) have built throughout the years of working in the field.

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jugendschutz.net celebrates its 20th anniversary

  • Awareness
  • 21/11/2017
  • German Safer Internet Centre

On 27 October 2017, jugendschutz.net, a hotline operating as part of the German Safer Internet Centre (SIC), celebrated its 20th anniversary and its development into the German centre - at federal and state level - concerning the protection of minors on the internet. An office which launched with just one and a half employees 20 years ago has now become a well-recognised organisation for the protection of minors. Today, 50 people work there, fighting child sexual exploitation (CSE), hate speech and cyberbullying daily, all committed to helping children and young people to experience a safer and cleaner internet.

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Youth participation in internet governance

  • Awareness
  • 20/11/2017
  • Haris Kyritsis, Greek youth panelist

From 24-26 October 2017, a seminar titled "Youth participation in internet governance" was held at the European Youth Center in Strasbourg, organised by the Council of Europe (CoE). Its main aim was to find ways to engage more young people in the internet governance ecosystem. Here Haris Kyritsis, a youth panellist from Greece, reflects on his participation.

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Next steps against fake news

The European Commission (EC) has launched a public consultation on fake news and online disinformation, and set up a High-Level Expert Group (HLIG) representing academics, online platforms, news media and civil society organisations. 

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Zeminar 2017: Towards a better internet

  • Awareness
  • 17/11/2017
  • Irish Safer Internet Centre

Webwise recently hosted an internet safety panel discussion at the Zeminar Youth Conference, an event that focuses on the mental and physical wellbeing of 15-20 year olds. The one-hour discussion hosted by Stephen Byrne (RTÉ) addressed important online issues for teens including online exploitation, peer-led anti-bullying campaigns and non-consensual sharing of explicit images.

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Safeguard your privacy while using apps

  • Awareness
  • 16/11/2017
  • Greek Safer Internet Centre

Every application, whether it's a game, social media, or even a simple lens for a mobile phone, is always accompanied by Terms of Use. The Terms of Use describe, among other things, what data (photos, messages, location, and so on) and what aspect (such as camera or microphone) need to be accessed by the application in order to receive its full functionality.

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