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.

The Pacific's approach towards cybersecurity

  • Awareness
  • 18/05/2018
  • Fiji Safer Internet Day Committee

Safer Internet Day (SID) was celebrated on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 right across the globe, joining together a community of organisations all committed to making the internet a safer and better place for all, and especially for children and young people. Here we hear from the Fiji Safer Internet Day Committee on their ongoing cybersecurity activities.

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Use of social networks and communication apps among adolescents in Slovenia

  • Awareness
  • 17/05/2018
  • Slovenian Safer Internet Centre

Knowing which social networks and apps are used by teenagers makes it easier to prepare for any possible incidents. Generally, Slovenian teenagers use the same social networks and apps as their peers in Europe, but there are some important differences.

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UNICEF launches Industry Toolkit on Children's Online Privacy and Freedom of Expression

UNICEF has launched an Industry Toolkit on Children's Online Privacy and Freedom of Expression. It contains five, rights-based "General Principles" and a practical checklist for companies to review their policies and practices.

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#SaferInternet4EU Awards - extended deadline

The #SaferInternet4EU Awards, aiming to reward and celebrate excellence and best practice in the European safer/better internet field from organisations, teachers and youth, are open for entries with an extended deadline of midnight CEST on Friday, 25 May 2018.

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"Careful parents" – new campaign of the Empowering Children Foundation

  • Awareness
  • 09/05/2018
  • Polish Safer Internet Centre

"Careful parents" is a Polish Safer Internet Centre campaign about the importance of parental presence and guidance while protecting children from online threats. 

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EMEA Child Safety Summit at its third edition

On 18-19 April 2018, the third edition of the EMEA Child Safety Summit took place (the first one was held in 2016), organised by Facebook and Google at their respective European headquarters in Dublin. Bringing together multiple experts on child safety online, the two-day summit was a fruitful gathering of stakeholders from the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) region, pitching their initiatives and resources for safe and responsible use of the internet by children and young people.

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Counting down to 25 May 2018: mapping the GDPR age of consent across the EU: May 2018

  • Awareness
  • 05/05/2018
  • Ingrida Milkaite and Eva Lievens, Ghent University

With around three weeks left until the GDPR will become applicable, the picture of how certain provisions will be implemented is (finally) becoming clearer. This update of the mapping of the implementation of article 8 GDPR reflects the most recent decisions that have been made in relation to the age of consent in the 28 EU Member States.

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Audiovisual Media Services Directive - recent developments of the EU legislation

"The media landscape has shifted dramatically in less than a decade. Instead of sitting in front of the family TV, millions of Europeans, especially young people, watch content online, on demand and on different mobile devices. Global internet video share in consumer internet traffic is expected to increase from 64 per cent in 2014 to 80 per cent by 2019", informed the European Commission in a press release issued on 26 April 2018.

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The promises, challenges, and futures of media literacy

  • Awareness
  • 03/05/2018
  • Monica Bulger and Patrick Davison, Data and Society

"Media literacy has become a center of gravity for countering "fake news", and a diverse array of stakeholders – from educators to legislators, philanthropists to technologists – have pushed significant resources toward media literacy programs. Media literacy, however, cannot be treated as a panacea." On this note starts "The Promises, Challenges, and Futures of Media Literacy", a paper written by Monica Bulger and Patrick Davison and published in February 2018 with Data and Society.

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Children's rights online: Ongoing debate, ongoing change

  • Awareness
  • 02/05/2018
  • Lorcan, Webwise Ireland Youth panellist

Lorcan, a member of the Webwise youth panel (part of the Irish Safer Internet Centre), recently attended the Facebook/Google EMEA Child Safety Summit in Dublin, Ireland, taking part in a panel discussion to ensure that the voice of youth was heard. Here, he recounts his experience.

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