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.

New sexting challenges – experiences from Denmark

A recent research report, deSHAME, Digital Exploitation and Sexual Harassment Among Minors in Europe, found that 8 per cent of 13-17 year olds in Denmark, Hungary and the UK had shared nude/nearly nude images of other people that they knew without their permission but 41 per cent had seen people sharing nude/nearly nude images of someone that they knew. Similarly, the research found that 27 per cent had witnessed young people sharing images or videos of someone they know doing sexual acts in the last year.

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Children are so smart

Following Safer Internet Day 2018, we've heard from a number of SID Supporters on how they marked the day. Here, Silja Nielsen, Head of Community and Safety at Momio, comments on their actions for a better internet.

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Updated mapping of the age of consent in the GDPR (2018)

  • Awareness
  • 08/02/2018
  • Ingrida Milkaite and Eva Lievens, Ghent University

With less than four months left until the application of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), a small number of Member States of the European Union have adopted their final implementation acts while other Member States are currently still in the process of implementation. This updated mapping of the implementation of article 8 GDPR reflects the most recent developments in relation to the age of consent that is chosen across EU Member States.

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Celebrating Safer Internet Day by launching #SaferInternet4EU

"Today is a very special day" stated Commissioner Mariya Gabriel as she opened the Safer Internet Day celebration at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Bringing together multiple stakeholders in an annual celebration, Safer Internet Day has grown year-on-year since its launch in 2004, delivering a call to action for everyone to play their part in creating a better and safer internet for all citizens, but especially for children and young people.

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Microsoft digital civility study shows online abuse often comes from people's own social circles

According to Microsoft's latest study, released on Safer Internet Day (SID) 2018, people's digital interactions and responses to online risks appear to be improving around the world – though perhaps surprisingly, many of those who have been targeted for abuse online say their perpetrators came from their immediate families and social circles.

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Peer-to-peer connections and decentralised technologies

  • Awareness
  • 06/02/2018
  • COFACE Families Europe

Safer Internet Day is a privileged moment to raise awareness about online safety and take action to create a better Internet for all. In line with the SID 2018 theme of "Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you", COFACE Families Europe has been reflecting on peer-to-peer connections and decentralised technologies.

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A better internet starts with you…on Safer Internet Day 2018

On Tuesday, 6 February 2018, more than 140 countries worldwide, including all 28 countries of the European Union, along with many organisational supporters, celebrated Safer Internet Day (SID) for the fifteenth consecutive year. Initiated under the European Commission's Safer Internet Programme and now continuing under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), which co-funds Safer Internet Centres in the member states, the day marks an annual opportunity to engage in making the internet a safer and better place for our children and young people.

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Football clubs : a surprising partner in raising awareness about online safety

  • Awareness
  • 30/01/2018
  • Belgian Safer Internet Centre

At the RSCA Anderlecht football club youngsters get more than just a sports training. The club attaches great importance to other aspects of their teenager members' lives. One of these aspects is their safety online: as future football stars, knowing how to present oneself online, is key to future success. 

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Sex Thing - The theatre play that treats its audience as offenders

  • Awareness
  • 26/01/2018
  • Belgian Safer Internet Centre

Child Focus, the Belgian Safer Internet Centre, has launched a new musical theatre show for schools meant to raise awareness about the risks of sexting.

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Sexting.be - A holistic approach to sexting

  • Awareness
  • 26/01/2018
  • Belgian Safer Internet Centre

In Belgium, Child Focus, Sensoa, Jong & Van Zin, Mediawijs and O'kontreir have joined forces to address the issues surrounding sexting, especially in case of 'sexting gone wrong'. The result? Sexting.be, an online portal for everyone who has questions about sexting.

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