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.

Age of consent in the GDPR: updated mapping of recent national guidance and proposals

  • Awareness
  • 16/08/2017
  • Eva Lievens and Ingrida Milkait√©, Ghent University

Article 8 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) contains specific requirements regarding consent for the processing of personal data of children.

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Call for consultation: guidelines for member States on children's rights in the digital environment

  • Awareness
  • 03/08/2017
  • 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.

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New resources from SaferInternet4Kids

  • Awareness
  • 01/08/2017
  • 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.

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International Day of Friendship

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.

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IWF's role in using technology to create a safer global internet

  • Awareness
  • 14/07/2017
  • 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.

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World Youth Skills Day: investing in skills for better opportunities in life

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.

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Snap Maps - the new location-sharing feature in Snapchat

  • Awareness
  • 13/07/2017
  • 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.

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Guide to protecting your kids online

Here on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal, we're always pleased to hear from different stakeholders on how they contribute to a better and safer internet for children and young people in their own areas of work and activities.

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Report from the Roundtable on the General Data Protection Regulation and children's rights

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Roundtable on children's rights, organised by European Schoolnet, KU Leuven and the University of Ghent, took place on 23 June 2017. On the occasion, legislators, data protection authorities (DPAs), industry and education representatives, stakeholders and civil society gathered in Brussels to discuss the challenges of the GDPR, which will come into effect in the EU in May 2018.

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13 Reasons Why

High school: golden days when teenagers are encouraged to dream but also to study hard in preparation for their futures. In between both engaging and boring classes, sporting achievements and house parties, teenagers seem to live a fairly carefree life under the watchful eyes of their parents and teachers. However, what happens when a tragedy occurs and shifts the attention to potential underlying problems? Netflix has translated this scenario, first published as a best-selling novel, into a much-discussed TV series in 13 Reasons Why.

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