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.

Protecting children from harmful online content

The fact that 60 per cent of 9-15 year olds go online nearly every day and access on-demand video services may not be surprising for EU policy makers. However, the fact that during the time spent on these services children are increasingly exposed to harmful content should be an immediate call to action for all.

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Celebrate International Girls in ICT Day 2017

Did you know that only 30 per cent of the 7 million people working in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector are women? This means not only that ICT careers need to be made more appealing for young girls, but also that women in ICT need better representation at higher levels.

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Celebrating World Intellectual Property Day

"Every day, ordinary people are producing extraordinary new things to change the world for the better. […] World Intellectual Property Day 2017 celebrates that creative force", states the World Intellectual Property Organization.

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World Book and Copyright Day: giving youth and literacy the spotlight

World Book and Copyright Day, celebrated on 23 April, is a great opportunity to celebrate our love for books, for reading and for discovery of inspiring and creative stories, people and communities.

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Intellectual property rights in Greece

  • Awareness
  • 20/04/2017
  • Greek Safer Internet Centre

Very often, technology is one step ahead of legislation and this makes the protection of intellectual property (IP), as well as the elimination of online piracy - especially on the internet, highly complex issues. In order to raise awareness about these topics, UNESCO designated 23 April as World Book and Copyright Day, and 26 April World Intellectual Property Day.

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Promoting internet safety on mobile devices

  • Awareness
  • 13/04/2017
  • Guest blogger - Helen Taylor

Here on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal, our aim is to provide a multi-stakeholder platform showcasing a range of viewpoints and experiences on keeping children and young people safe online. As such, we welcome guest blog posts on our areas of focus. We were recently contacted by Helen, a freelance writer and mother, passionate about ensuring a future where her boys can safely navigate the internet. Here, she talks about the importance of promoting internet safety on mobile devices.

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Confidence in behaviour changes through serious games

What do we understand by serious games? What would be the link between them and behavioural changes? Or, better yet, can confidence in behaviour change through serious games?

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Blue Whale Challenge - an emerging concern

Children and young people have always been interested in taking up challenges, competing against others and doing dares, and the internet and social media has certainly given wider publicity to this type of activity. Things like the ice-bucket challenge and the cinnamon challenge are two popular examples which gained popularity thanks to the internet.

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What to do about (cyber)bullying? Systemic intervention and prevention in schools

  • Awareness
  • 30/03/2017
  • German Safer Internet Centre

In order to explore a new approach to combatting (cyber)bullying, the German Awareness Centre klicksafe and the multi-level programme Conflict-CULTURE teamed up to develop a new teaching material.

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Outcomes of the youth online consultation on cyberbullying

  • Awareness
  • 30/03/2017
  • ITU, Council Working Group on Child Online Protection

With an estimated one in three of all internet users in the world today being below the age of 18, children and young people are facing increased safety risks when going online. The United Nations therefore plays an important role as a global convener and facilitator for different stakeholders to come together to discuss, identify and implement solutions towards building a universally available, open, secure and trustworthy internet.

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