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.

GDPR: Five reasons why children should not require compulsory parental consent for internet service access above age 13

  • Awareness
  • 22/03/2017
  • Janice Richardson and Vitor Tomé

Here on the Better Internet for Kids portal, we have touched upon the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) many times in the past, for example outlining some of the challenges in the March 2016 edition of the BIK bulletin. Here, guest contributors Janice Richardson and Vitor Tomé share their views on some of the reasons why children over the age of 13 should not require compulsory parental consent for internet service access.

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BeSmartOnline! and Facebook collaborate to spread awareness on online safety

  • Awareness
  • 21/03/2017
  • Maltese Safer Internet Centre

At the end of 2016, approximately 1.86 billion individuals were active on Facebook on a monthly basis. Undeniably, platforms such as Facebook have completely revolutionised the way in which communities worldwide interact. Malta is contributing to this new reality: in fact, latest statistics published by the European Commission has confirmed that Malta ranks at second place across all EU countries in terms of the number of internet users that engage in social media activity.

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Have you joined the movement for a happier world?

Since 2013, each year on 20 March, the United Nations (UN) celebrates the International Day of Happiness as a way of recognising the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. 

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Next BIK bulletin tackles cyberbullying – subscribe now!

The next edition of the BIK bulletin will be issued at the end of March 2017 with a special focus topic of "Cyberbullying revisited".

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Free online safety course – register now!

Registration has now opened for our free online safety MOOC (Massive Online Open Course), launching on the European Schoolnet Academy on Monday, 10 April 2017.

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Social reality - creating digital tools and games for young people with cognitive disabilities

  • Awareness
  • 16/03/2017
  • Danish Safer Internet Centre

The Danish Safer Internet Centre (SIC) (Save the Children DK, Centre for Digital Youth Care, and The Media Council for Children & Young People) is currently running a project titled "Social reality". It concerns children and youth (aged 11-15) with cognitive disabilities and is carried out in collaboration with the National ADHD-Association, the Association for Youth Clubs DK, and the concept bureau, Fremtidsfabrik.

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Germany celebrates Safer Internet Day

  • Awareness
  • 14/03/2017
  • German Safer Internet Centre

The German Safer Internet Centre (SIC) celebrated Safer Internet Day (SID) 2017 with a variety of activities. All over the country, more than 240 registered SID events took place on 7 February, ranging from high-level conferences (including Federal Ministries) to individual workshops in schools and libraries.

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Spain celebrates SID 2017 with the launch of is4K – the new Spanish Safer Internet Centre

  • Awareness
  • 13/03/2017
  • Spanish Safer Internet Centre

Spain joined the recent global celebration of the 2017 edition of Safer Internet Day (SID) with a series of initiatives to raise awareness about the importance of being part of the change for a better internet, with a remarkable impact.

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Safer Internet Day 2017 in Czechia

  • Awareness
  • 10/03/2017
  • Czech Safer Internet Centre

As part of our ongoing roundup of Safer Internet Day (SID) 2017 activities across the globe, we hear from the Czech Safer Internet Centre (SIC) on how it marked the day.

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Celebrating Safer Internet Day in Bulgaria

  • Awareness
  • 09/03/2017
  • Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre

As part of our ongoing roundup of Safer Internet Day (SID) 2017 activities across the globe, we hear from the Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre on how it marked the day.

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