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.

IGF workshop: Is personal data ‘mine' or there to be ‘mined'? – a view from Portugal

  • Awareness
  • 21/12/2016
  • Ana Neves, Department for Information Society, Portugal

At the recent Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which this year took place in Guadalajara, Mexico from 6-9 December 2016, Insafe organised a workshop (WS 114) titled "Is personal data ‘mine' or there to be ‘mined'?". Here, Ana Neves, Director of the Department for Information Society – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia in Portugal, shares her insights following her participation in the discussion.

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‘Online Safety in Transition' - Family Online Safety Institute Annual Conference 2016

Cyberbullying, cyber ethics and hate speech, as well as the world of connected toys, good digital parenting and online privacy, were key concepts discussed during the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) Annual Conference, held on 1 December 2016 in Washington DC.

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Commission reports on Member States' measures to combat child sexual abuse online

On 16 December 2016, the European Commission adopted two reports on the measures taken by Member States to combat the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and child pornography.

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PantallasAmigas commended for its work in fighting gender-based digital violence

The Spanish government has recently given recognition to PantallasAmigas for its work in preventing and fighting gender-based digital violence in adolescents.

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Media literacy – best practices from the Insafe network

Nowadays, as we get most of our information through various media outlets, the ability to ‘read' many different types of media has become an essential skill in the 21st century.

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Why we are working with seniors

  • Awareness
  • 15/12/2016
  • Czech Safer Internet Centre

Everyone working in the field of the online crime prevention knows how difficult is to work with families. We are able to address children - our main target group - directly through events organised for them or via teachers equipped with our handbooks and other supporting materials. But what about parents? It's notoriously difficult to reach them. There is sometime a lack of interest in the virtual lives of their children and so, often, they are not interested in special workshops and education in this field. Indeed, fathers and mothers often feel ashamed to talk to their children about sensitive online issues because they feel that their children are more adept at using the internet. But what about grandparents?

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YouTube stars: young entrepreneurs and digital technology

  • Awareness
  • 15/12/2016
  • Evelina, youth panellist and YouTube star

Social media relies on sharing, which can translate into more views, a higher number of followers and lately, into potential 21st century careers, such as becoming a YouTube star.

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Commercialisation of children online – media literacy must complement regulation

  • Awareness
  • 15/12/2016
  • Norwegian Safer Internet Centre

The December 2016 edition of the BIK bulletin focuses on online adverting and the commercialisation of childhood. Here, we hear from Lars Erik Krogsrud, advisor at the Norwegian Media Authority and Thomas Haugan-Hepsø, senior advisor and project coordinator for Safer Internet Centre Norway/The Norwegian Media Authority on some of the challenges they are facing in the new digital age.

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Teens need to be aware of online advertising models

  • Awareness
  • 15/12/2016
  • Christina, Greek youth panellist

Hearing the views and the voices of youth is an important part of the work we do in aiming to create a better internet for kids. As part of our December 2016 edition of the BIK bulletin which focuses on online adverting and the commercialisation of childhood, we asked some of our youth panellists their views. Here, Christina from Greece shares her viewpoint.

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Empowering children to cope with embedded advertising

The December 2016 edition of the BIK bulletin focuses on online adverting and the commercialisation of childhood. Here, we hear from Ini Vanwesenbeeck, Verolien Cauberghe and Liselot Hudders from Ghent University on the Belgian AdLit research project which seeks to identify how best to empower children to cope with embedded advertising online.

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