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.
- BIK Team
The Insafe network of helplines collects data about the types of calls that they receive and this is analysed every three months to look at trends and new and emerging issues.Read more
- BIK Team
When it comes to democratic values, prevention has a clear role to play in promoting peace and stability in both the online and offline world. As reflected in our 2016 celebration article, the International Day of Democracy has been celebrated annually on 15 September since 2007 when the United Nations General Assembly set this date aiming to promote and uphold the principles of democracy.Read more
- Greek Safer Internet Centre
On the occasion of the new school year, the Greek Safer Internet Centre (SIC) wishes health, progress and success to all in the educational community. Here, the SIC tells of its new resources launched to coincide with children and young people heading back to school after the long summer break.Read more
- COFACE Families Europe
COFACE Families Europe has recently published the Summer 2017 edition of its newsletter.Read more
Preliminary results of a new Microsoft study show that adults and teens around the world overwhelmingly view parents as the most trusted and most responsible group for keeping children and teens safe online.Read more
- BIK Team
Literacy, in its most basic sense, is defined as the ability to read, to write and to count. In time, its meaning has broadened to comprise a wide range of skills and abilities that are needed to fully and actively be part of society. Undeniably, literacy has become crucial in empowering children, young people and adults alike, and ensuring that they acquire those skills and competencies necessary to help them contribute to society and improve their lives.Read more
- BIK Team
A good website or app can help to change a young person's life. It can help kids learn, develop and express themselves, while having fun at the same time. Equally, provision of such content and services can help to contribute to a better internet. To promote its creation and use, this week we launch the Positive Online Content Campaign with the release of a new website and an awareness-raising week to come.Read more
- 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