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.

#Back2School with Better Internet for Kids (BIK)

As schools across Europe are progressively reopening, the #Back2School with Better Internet for Kids (BIK) campaign will showcase the resources and activities provided by the Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs) for this season. 

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European Commission and UNESCO launch #ThinkBeforeYouShare campaign

The coronavirus crisis has been accompanied by a wave of misinformation and disinformation online, including various conspiracy theories. To address this new challenge, the European Commission (EC) and UNESCO recently launched a set of ten pedagogical infographics helping citizens identify, debunk and counter conspiracy theories, as part of a joint awareness campaign titled #ThinkBeforeYouShare.

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Blue Whale challenge: what is it and what should you do?

  • Awareness
  • 21/08/2020
  • Belgian Safer Internet Centre

After a resurgence of the Blue Whale challenge online – which has been found to be a hoax – the Belgian awareness centre, Child Focus, has issued some simple tips for children and young people (and parents) on how to handle it should concerns arise. 

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Apetail Years 2020 study now released

  • Awareness
  • 20/08/2020
  • Belgian Safer Internet Centre

Apetail Years is a study of media ownership and use by children between the age of 6 and 12, and young people aged 12-18 in Flanders, conducted by Mediaraven, Mediawijs and imec-MICT-UGent every two years. Belgian awareness centre Child Focus was also involved. The results for Wallonia will be published at the end of 2020. These results provide interesting insight into how young people deal with the news, current events and societal debate.

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Instagram launches Reels

TikTok seems to be constantly in the news at the moment (for a variety of reasons) and so it is, perhaps, not surprising that other platforms are seeking to replicate their own version of the popular app. Instagram launched Reels in early August in 50 countries including France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.

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Belgian awareness centre releases 2019 annual report

  • Awareness
  • 17/08/2020
  • Belgian Safer Internet Centre

In May 2020, Belgian awareness centre Child Focus published its annual report, a snapshot of the past year with trends and points for attention, and an opportunity to remember that Child Focus is not only the Foundation for Missing Children, but also for sexually exploited children. No effort is too much and, more than ever, the centre's attention remains focused on the most vulnerable young people. In this article, we look specifically at the results concerning online safety. 

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Top safety tips on TikTok for parents and carers

  • Awareness
  • 13/08/2020
  • Latvian Safer Internet Centre

In recent years, TikTok has become increasingly popular in Latvia among children and teenagers, while adults still know little about this platform. If compared with the likes of Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and so on, the ways in which a child may face online risks on this platform – including cyberbullying – can be different. Latvian mobile operator BITE and the Latvian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) offer basic tips to parents on what they should know and tell their children about the safe use of TikTok, which is a part of initiative against cyberbullying "Bite Your Finger!". 

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Top recommendations to avoid online frauds

  • Awareness
  • 11/08/2020
  • Latvian Safer Internet Centre

Scammers have become more active recently, using the names of well-known people in Latvia to target people online and advertise various products on the internet. To help consumers protect themselves in such cases, Latvian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) Drossinternets.lv has developed useful tips.

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In the spotlight: Safer Internet Centre Netherlands

As part of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Quality Assurance Programme (QAP), the Insafe-INHOPE Coordination Teams are jointly conducting a set of ten country visits to national Safer Internet Centres (SICs) to better understand what is happening in the Member States: monitoring emerging issues and challenges, identifying good practices to be shared, and harvesting the results of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) policy.

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Reduction in cyberbullying observed during lockdown in Latvia

  • Awareness
  • 04/08/2020
  • Latvian Safer Internet Centre

Despite restrictions related to the COVID-19 lockdown, Latvian students have managed to adapt to distance learning, and their overall experience has been mostly positive, as shown in the results of a survey conducted in May 2020 by Telia Company in the Nordic and Baltic states. 1,000 students aged 10-18 were interviewed in Latvia in cooperation with Drossinternets.lv, the Latvian Safer Internet Centre (SIC).

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