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.
- German Safer Internet Centre
Over the past few months, the media has been regularly reporting about a new and disturbing "online game of death" – the Blue Whale Challenge (BWC). While there is no concrete information on the existence of such a game, the speculation and buzz created by it is worrying. In April 2017, representatives the European network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs) and other key stakeholders attended a webinar on the issue. An article was also published on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) public portal at that time. This article provides further information based on a report recently published by jugendschutz.net*, one of the hotlines administered by the German SIC.Read more
- Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre
A new study on young children (0-8) and digital technology was recently coordinated by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), as part of a European-wide study. Fieldwork was conducted between November 2016 and January 2017 as a continuation of a 2015 study about how children aged 8 years or less and their families use and manage digital technologies. That study resulted in valuable new knowledge that partially filled a gap in the existing understanding on how the youngest children cope in the digital world. Here, the Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) reports on country-specific findings.Read more
- BIK Team and Croatian Safer Internet Centre
Every couple of months we hear about a new application that causes enormous interest and, sometimes, controversy. Sarahah is one such app. With the help of the Croatian Safer Internet Centre (SIC), we've prepared this article to provide more information about the app, while also outlining some tips and precautions when using it.Read more
- Eva Lievens and Ingrida Milkaité, Ghent University
Article 8 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) contains specific requirements regarding consent for the processing of personal data of children.Read more
- CAHENF (Council of Europe Committee for the Rights of the Child)
In accordance with its terms of reference, and in line with the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2016-2021), the Ad Hoc Committee for the Rights of the Child (CAHENF) is elaborating guidelines for member States to promote, protect and fulfil children's rights in the digital environment, with the support of its drafting group (CAHENF-IT). The elaboration of the draft legal instrument started in 2016 and is expected to be completed by November 2017.Read more
- Greek Safer Internet Centre
The Greek Safer Internet Centre (SIC) provides information, help and support to children and adult users of the internet through the website www.SaferInternet4Kids.gr. There, you can find information and useful materials regarding safe use of the internet and social media. This informative portal addresses parents and teachers, as well as teens and children, via a range of multimedia material which is updated daily. Available content includes comprehensive guides, free online tools, hot-topic presentations, awareness videos, informative webinars, lesson plans, quizzes, educational material for all ages and a regularly updated news section covering the latest developments on internet safety and privacy.Read more
- BIK Team
As every year, on 30 July we celebrate the UN International Day of Friendship, created at the initiative of UNESCO and proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2011. Its aim is to foster friendship and counter the increasingly divisive attitudes encountered worldwide, either as a result of military and political conflict or by prejudice and discriminatory practices.Read more
- UK Safer Internet Centre
In this blog from the UK Safer Internet Centre (SIC), Luiza Teixeira from the IWF (Internet Watch Foundation, the UK hotline) Policy and Public Affairs team, talks about her experience meeting representatives from all around the world and exchanging knowledge and best practices to help countries use technology to keep children safe online.Read more
- BIK Team
World Youth Skills Day, celebrated on 15 July, only became an official international day in 2015. On its third celebration, the day underlines the importance of skills and strives to raise awareness among young people and society at large of the impact of skills on employability, personal growth and opportunities.Read more
- UK Safer Internet Centre
Snapchat recently introduced a new feature, the "Snap Map". Read the UK Safer Internet Centre's (SIC) blog on the key facts you need to know.Read more