Youth participation in the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) agenda allows young people to express their views and exchange knowledge and experiences concerning their use of online technologies, as well as tips on how to stay safe.
They also advise on internet safety and empowerment strategy, help create innovative resources and disseminate eSafety messages to their peers.
On this page, you'll find a selection of articles corresponding to youth participation in the BIK agenda.
- Czech Safer Internet Centre
- Romanian Safer Internet Centre
At the beginning of the school year, the Romanian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) invited all teachers and youth workers across the country to join the Ora de Net programme as volunteers. The first step of the process was for teachers to register in order to receive materials and then organise an educational activity with the aim of conducting a children's consultation.Read more
- Danish Safer Internet Centre
The Danish youth ambassador panel, "SoMe Youth Panel", consists of ten young people (six girls and four boys) aged 13-18. They have been recruited from around Denmark with representation from different demographic, ethnic and socio-economic groups and with no special prerequisites for participation other than being young, and being prepared to take part in the workshops and to be the voice of a generation in different contexts. In recruiting young people for the youth panel, the Danish Safer Internet Centre (SIC) benefitted from the great network of schools that Save the Children Denmark (SCDK) and the Centre for Digital Youth Care (CDYC) have built throughout the years of working in the field.Read more
- BIK Team
Growing up in a digital environment has become more than just a motto; it's an actual fact for most of today's youth. While constantly trying to keep up to speed with new online services, learn more about media, and stay safe online, young people often face a series of questions from parents, educators and carers, and sometimes even from other youngsters who trust their peers with online concerns. Here at Better Internet for Kids (BIK), we believe that sharing the right information is key to staying safe online, and we also believe that young people should speak up, particularly when it comes to their participation online!Read more
- BIK Team
The number of internet end users has increased beyond 3.5 billion, out of which minors represent one in three and, in some countries, even one in two. What has BIK Youth started to do for a better internet for these young end users? A co-creation process has been launched as part of a wider BIK Youth Programme where, ultimately, young people will develop a range of youth participation scenarios for online safety guidance, learning, campaigning and decision making.Read more
- BIK Team
The European Youth Panel (YEP) is just around the corner! YEP, it's that time of the year when European youth representatives come together to share their work and views on how to foster a better internet for children and young people. We've learnt from previous editions of YEP (see also YEP 2015 and YEP 2016) that young people can do amazing and creative work together, engaging in discussions and activities that aim to empower them to be responsible users of online technologies.Read more
- Haris Kyritsis, Greek youth panelist
From 24-26 October 2017, a seminar titled "Youth participation in internet governance" was held at the European Youth Center in Strasbourg, organised by the Council of Europe (CoE). Its main aim was to find ways to engage more young people in the internet governance ecosystem. Here Haris Kyritsis, a youth panellist from Greece, reflects on his participation.Read more
- Irish Safer Internet Centre
Webwise recently hosted an internet safety panel discussion at the Zeminar Youth Conference, an event that focuses on the mental and physical wellbeing of 15-20 year olds. The one-hour discussion hosted by Stephen Byrne (RTÉ) addressed important online issues for teens including online exploitation, peer-led anti-bullying campaigns and non-consensual sharing of explicit images.Read more
- Ukraine Safer Internet Day Committee
At the Youth IGF-UA Pro (organised as a pre-event of the 8th Ukrainian Internet Governance Forum (IGF-UA)) and at the IGF-UA itself, held in October 2017 in Kiyv, Ukraine, the representative of the Ukraine Safer Internet Day (SID) Committee presented key points on child safety online and shared SID messages. The next edition of Safer Internet Day will take place on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 with a theme of "Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you".Read more
As part of the wider Better Internet for Kids project, we regularly liaise with the providers of online services to provide feedback on new apps and services, and real-life insight into some of the challenges which children and young people face online when using such products, as communicated through our network of helplines and the like. Equally, we welcome information on the steps being taken by industry to help to keep users safe online. We recently heard from Yellow on their approach.Read more