Portuguese Digital Leaders attend Virtual Educa Connect 2020
- Portuguese Safer Internet Centre
On Thursday, 23 July 2020, the Portuguese Digital Leaders attended the Virtual Educa Connect 2020 online conference, the largest international virtual meeting on innovation in education for social transformation. More specifically, the group was involved in a panel discussion on "Digital Citizenship: Risks and Challenges in the ‘New Normal'".
During the session, moderated by long-standing Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Youth Ambassador João Martins, the participants discussed their involvement in different initiatives with a view to promoting digital citizenship. In addition, they addressed a number of themes, such as misinformation, cyberbullying and data protection which, in the current environment, have become particularly relevant, highlighting the need to adopt preventive measures and focus on developing critical thinking, among other aspects. The session was recorded and the video (in Portuguese) is available on Vimeo.
The Digital Leaders programme, an initiative from SeguraNet, the Portuguese awareness centre, which is part of the Portuguese Ministry of Education, enrolled a total of 4,400 students in the past school year, pursuing activities to promote respectful educational communities, reaching approximately 28,300 people.
Find out more information about the work of the Portuguese Safer Internet Centre (SIC) generally, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services, or find similar information for Safer Internet Centres throughout Europe.
- BIK Team
From Monday, 11 to Wednesday, 20 May 2020, COFACE Families Europe marked the International Day of Families 2020 by hosting Digital Citizenship Breakfast Bytes, a series of eight 90-minute online sessions (from 9:30-11:00 CEST) aiming to increase critical thinking and understanding of the digital world. Four Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Youth Ambassadors hosted the last session, "Are youth all natural digital citizens?" on Wednesday, 20 May 2020, discussing what being a digital citizen meant to them.
- BIK Team
The global lockdown induced by the coronavirus pandemic has caused fundamental changes to the lifestyles of young people around the world. One of these consequences is their increased reliance on digital technologies – to maintain a social life, to study, to access culture, to express their creativity, and more. The BIK Youth Ambassadors share their tips to cope with this new reality in the best way possible.