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 2016

As part of our annual Back2School campaign, we invite teachers to explore the vast range of online safety tools and resources created by the European network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs).

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Safer Internet Day 2016: take your privacy into your own hands!

  • Awareness
  • 02/09/2016
  • Belgian Safer Internet Centre

On Tuesday, 9 February 2016, we celebrated the annual world day for a safer internet. Safer Internet Day was celebrated this year for the thirteenth time in more than 120 countries, including 28 countries of the European Union. Child Focus organises Safer Internet Day in Belgium.

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Safer internet for sixth graders in Reykjavík

  • Awareness
  • 30/08/2016
  • Icelandic Safer Internet Centre

Home and School and SAFT (the Icelandic Safer Internet Centre (SIC)) have received funding from both the public and private sector to visit each and every sixth grade in Reykjavík for the last two years to deliver talks on safe internet use. Children aged 10-11 in 34 schools have been visited, with an estimated 3,000 children reached.

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Database of online media literacy initiatives in Belgium

  • Awareness
  • 26/08/2016
  • Belgian Safer Internet Centre
Belgium has a fragmented landscape of initiatives related to online safety due to a lack of collaboration or dialogue. Many of the existing initiatives concerning eSafety are mostly unknown among the general public, which makes it very difficult for the Belgian citizen to find his or her way in the landscape of eSafety initiatives. Additionally, many initiatives are very small and operate on a fragmented and a local level.
 
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Help! Sexting? New video campaign from Child Focus in Belgium

  • Awareness
  • 19/08/2016
  • Belgian Safer Internet Centre

Child Focus, the safer internet helpline in Belgium, is receiving more and more cases of 'sexting gone wrong' (or secondary sexting). 

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General guidelines for smartphone use in schools

  • Awareness
  • 15/08/2016
  • Icelandic Safer Internet Centre

In 2015, Home and School and SAFT (the Icelandic Safer Internet Centre (SIC)) published general guidelines for smartphone use in schools. In recent years, it's become more and more common for children to own their own smartphones and take them to school.

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Supporting your children to online game safely

With the summer holidays upon us, many children will undoubtedly be spending more time on tech including playing online games. Although online gaming can encourage the development of many positive skills, such as strategy and problem solving, many parents and carers have fears and doubts about some of the potentially negative aspects of gaming.

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United Nations perspective on media and information literacy

In United Nations (UN) terminology, "peace building, human solidarity and war are all linked to the quality of the information environment (citizens, media, internet, social media, libraries, citizens etc.) and the values it transmits". Digital rights and privacy have become a basic part of our day-to-day interaction with technology and, in order to ensure their proper understanding, having the right digital skills is no longer an option but rather a prerequisite. 

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Children's and young people's rights in the digital age

  • Awareness
  • 02/08/2016
  • London School of Economics (LSE

The London School of Economics (LSE) recently hosted a conference on children's and young people's rights in the digital age. Read on to find out more.

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Protecting children on smartphones

Since the launch of our new Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal towards the end of last year, we've been delighted to be contacted by some industry representatives keen to promote a better and safer internet for children and young people in their own areas of work and activities. 

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