How does Better Internet for Kids work for youth?
Under the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) umbrella, many smaller projects, campaigns and initiatives were created, all believing in a better internet for children and young people. Aiming to give youth a one-stop-shop to share their views on how to build a better internet, the BIK Youth minisite was launched!
The main objective? To raise awareness about the importance of involving youth participants in safer/better internet discussions. This BIK Youth minisite provides a space to present ideas, views and experiences from youth, while also reporting on national, European and international youth participation models, practices and success stories.
How did we get here? Each year, a European Youth Panel (YEP) is organised prior and during the Safer Internet Forum (SIF), encouraging a group of youth panellists and ambassadors to voice not just their personal opinions and challenges, but also those of their peers whom they are representing at a European level. Youth panellists work together to come up with principles and scenarios for a better internet, first debating issues in online meetings and brainstorming over youth participation scenarios as preparation for meeting face to face.
Who plays what part in Youth participation scenarios?
A co-creation process with young people is behind this project, where ultimately young people develop youth participation scenarios for online safety guidance, learning, campaigning and/or decision making. Following the launch of this minisite in November 2017, BIK Youth panellists and ambassadors continue to be actively involved in creating a number of youth participation scenarios and implementation models. Check them out in the Participation section of this website!
Who are they addressing? Youth! The outcomes of this work will also provide a structured overview of how BIK Youth panellists – together with other stakeholders – co-create and implement youth-focussed scenarios to cover the key principles essential to creating a better internet.
Youth and BIK stakeholders
BIK Youth panellists and ambassadors aim to voice their opinions to a range of Better Internet for Kids stakeholders while reflecting on, and providing specific guidance for, public sector and industry commitments.
Examples? The Alliance to better protect minors online is a self-regulatory initiative aiming to improve the online environment for children and young people. The Alliance launched its Statement of Purpose during Safer Internet Day 2017, which introduced nine actions under three main strands: User-empowerment, Enhance collaboration, and Awareness raising.
All companies taking part in the Alliance have also submitted individual commitments according to their business activity. BIK Youth panellists had the chance to interact with the Alliance during both Safer Internet Day 2017 and Safer Internet Forum 2017, bringing their input and addressing real challenges on online safety.