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.

Online pornography is UK parents' most widely shared worry

  • Awareness
  • 27/12/2018
  • UK Safer Internet Centre

The most widely acknowledged concern among parents is exposure of their children to online pornography according to recent research. A collaborative study was conducted with the University of Plymouth by South West Grid for Learning, as part of its work within the UK Safer Internet Centre.

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"Bite Your Finger!" initiative in Latvia

  • Awareness
  • 26/12/2018
  • Latvian Safer Internet Centre

Latvian mobile communications operator BITE, in cooperation with the Latvian Safer Internet Centre (SIC), the State Children Rights Protection Inspectorate, and the State Police implemented an anti-cyberbullying initiative "Bite Your Finger!" to promote responsible use of mobile devices and the internet.

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Online safety and media literacy diagnostic test in Latvia

  • Awareness
  • 21/12/2018
  • Latvian Safer Internet Centre

In April 2018, the Latvian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) organised a comprehensive diagnostic test to assess third and sixth grade pupils' knowledge about online safety, media literacy and critical thinking. In total, 420 schools across Latvia took part in the test, which is more than 60 per cent of all schools in the country.

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Latest edition of the BIK bulletin now available

The latest edition of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) bulletin is now available. In it, we look back on the success of the recent Safer Internet Forum (SIF), and look forward to Safer Internet Day 2019 (SID) where we'll be encouraging people across the globe to join "Together for a better internet" on Tuesday, 5 February.

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SID 2019 in Denmark: digital rights and GDPR

  • Awareness
  • 18/12/2018
  • Danish Safer Internet Centre

In preparation for the next Safer Internet Day (SID), taking place on Tuesday, 5 February 2019, the Danish Safer Internet Centre (SIC) is creating resources and organising awareness-raising activities on digital rights and the GDPR in partnership with Danish pupils.

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JIM study 2018: 20 years of research on media use of young people

  • Awareness
  • 18/12/2018
  • German Safer Internet Centre

With a high-level event on 28 November 2018, the Pedagogical Media Research Centre Southwest mpfs (Medienpädagogischer Forschungsverbund Südwest) celebrated the 20 year anniversary of the JIM study (Jugend, Information, Medien – Youth, Information, Media). The representative, long-term study has been mapping the media use of young people (12 to 19 years old) in Germany each year since 1998. 

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Child sexual abuse material: the journey of a report

INHOPE and its extensive network of member hotlines work to eliminate online child sexual abuse material (CSAM). During Safer Internet Forum (SIF) 2018, Fred Langford, Deputy CEO of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and INHOPE President, and Peter-Paul Urlaub, consultant at eco complaints office and INHOPE Board Member, gave a presentation on the journey of a report on CSAM.

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First time online: What measures should I take and how should I advise my child?

  • Awareness
  • 18/12/2018
  • Greek Safer Internet Centre

For the Christmas season, and because children's age of first contact with a digital device keeps getting lower and lower, the Greek Safer Internet Centre (SIC) has released a set of educational resources to help parents accompany their children in this crucial step.

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Looking back on a decade of safer internet activities in Czechia

  • Awareness
  • 18/12/2018
  • Czech Safer Internet Centre

As 2018 draws to an end, it's a good time to reflect on how far Safer Internet Centres (SICs) have come. Next year marks the start of a new two-year funding period for Safer Internet Centres in Europe, under the EC's Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), building on previous funding cycles in creating a safer and better internet for Europe's children and young people. While the National Safer Internet Centre (NCBI) in Czechia will be ending its engagement in the Safer Internet project and handing over the baton to a new project consortium, it looks back over the last decade of its involvement and summarises what has been achieved…  and what it will pass on to its successors.

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Supporting children's digital literacy from kindergarten – a priority for schools

  • Awareness
  • 17/12/2018
  • European Commission Joint Research Centre

Stéphane Chaudron, who works on research projects dedicated to Empowering Children Rights and Safety in emerging ICT at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (EC), reflects on the results of the latest study she has contributed to, with Rosanna Di Gioia and Monica Gemo, entitled "Young Children (0-8) and Digital Technology – A qualitative study across Europe".

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