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.

Latest research from Global Kids Online

Coordinated by the London School of Economics and the UNICEF Office of Research, Global Kids Online has surveyed over 12,000 children and 8,000 of their carers, marking one of the most comprehensive efforts to explore children's and parents' engagement with digital technology worldwide.

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Generation Media: becoming media literate together during Dutch Media Literacy Week 2017

  • Awareness
  • 14/12/2017
  • Dutch Safer Internet Centre

Starting the dialogue about media use and skills, learning from each other and becoming media literate together: that's what this year's Dutch Media Literacy Week (Week van de Mediawijsheid) was all about. The 8th edition of the yearly campaign took place from 17-24 November 2017. With the brand new Media Literacy Debate for youngsters, more than 165,000 children registered for the MediaMasters Game, and around 130 activities took place all over the country. As we celebrate a successful week, read about some of the highlights below.

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New resource supports reporting of cyberbullying in Luxembourg

  • Awareness
  • 14/12/2017
  • Luxembourgish Safer Internet Centre

Cyberbullying (known as "cybermobbing" in Luxembourg) is not specifically mentioned as a criminal act in Luxembourgish law but, in most cases of cyberbullying, one or several laws of the criminal code will apply. Therefore, crimes committed in the context of cyberbullying are usually covered by law to some extent or other. The ability to file charges against a bully is generally already known by most people in the country, but the specifics about how to file a charge with the police and where to get personalised support on such issues are less known.

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Youth panel YouTube feed: young people and creativity

  • Awareness
  • 14/12/2017
  • Estonian Safer Internet Centre

Back in November 2016, the Estonian Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA) (part of the Estonian Safer Internet Centre (SIC)) won the biannual Insafe resource competition with a project proposal called "Youth Panel YouTube feed". The resulting project took place from March to November 2017 and the main idea was to support an interactive online collaboration between youth panel members from three countries (Austria, Lithuania and Estonia) to create a pan-European YouTube channel.

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A collaborative approach to fighting child sexual abuse material

Combatting online child sexual abuse material (CSAM) is an ongoing battle with increasing numbers of invested stakeholders collaborating to do everything possible to keep the internet free of such content. INHOPE (the International Association of Internet Hotlines) hosted a panel discussion during the recent European Commission funded Safer Internet Forum (SIF) to discuss collaboration, bringing in different perspectives from some of the actors who have taken up the fight. The key message that resonated strongly among the panellists was collaboration.

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State of the World's Children Report - Children in a Digital World

UNICEF has launched its flagship publication, The State of the World's Children Report, which this year focuses on Children in a Digital World.

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Latest helpline trends: Quarter 3, 2017

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.

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Looking back at Code Week 2017 in Lithuania

  • Awareness
  • 08/12/2017
  • Lithuanian Safer Internet Centre

This year, Code Week in Lithuania was celebrated with almost 100 events across the country. From 9-22 October 2017, events of various sizes took place at a variety of locations ranging from the national conference #SWITCH! gathering 15,000 participants with a special focus on medtech and fintech, to local events in schools of remote areas such as Utena city.

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European youth targeted with sexual harassment on the internet

  • Awareness
  • 07/12/2017
  • Danish, Hungarian and UK Safer Internet Centres

Recent research published by Project deSHAME, a Europe-wide collaboration, reveals that young people across Europe are being targeted by their peers with online sexual harassment, defined as unwanted sexual conduct, across a range of digital platforms.

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The Nordic Game Day event expands to a full week in 2017!

  • Awareness
  • 07/12/2017
  • Danish Safer Internet Centre

Nordic Game Week is a collaborative annual event hosted by partners in the Nordic countries. Although colleagues in Finland act as the primary facilitator of the event, all of the Nordic countries are represented via local public libraries and organisations. In Denmark, for example, 25 local libraries and one coffee shop participated in the event. Previously, the game event has taken place on a single day but, this year, participants contributed more resources to keep the event going for a full week.

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