Meet the Ambassadors
Hi everyone! My name is Simona, I'm 17 years old and I come from Bulgaria. Since one year ago I participate in Youth Panel in Bulgaria which is connected with the Safer Internet Center. In 2018 I had the incredible chance to be a youth representative from Bulgaria to the Safer Internet Forum. It was pleasure for me to show that young people's opinion really matters and that we care about the future of the digital environment. The way we protect ourselves in the real world should be also the way we protect in the internet! I believe that more and more young people will follow our example and will try their best to make the internet a better place to spend our time!
My name is Antonis and I am a 17-year-old student from Cyprus. Internet safety has always been one of my main interests. In the past, I have participated in the EduWeb project, which was an European project aiming at helping digitally illiterate people learn how to use the internet safely. I also participated in the Safer Internet Day events in Cyprus for the last 2 years.
My name is Dalia and I'm a 16-year-old student from Estonia. I'm very passionate about child rights, participation and the overall goal of creating a better space for children to grow up in. I have been part of the Estonian Union for Child Welfare youth council for the past 4 years and the Safer Internet project for 6 years. I have also been part of the Eurochild's Children's Council for over a year now. This has given me an opportunity to take part in many conferences and projects aiming to improve children's rights on the internet and in real life. I look forward to sharing my experience and new knowledge with my friends in the youth council and the ECC.
I'm Frida, a 15 year old junior high school student from Finland. I work as a support student at school, I belong to the Youth Council of our town and I work as a volunteer at Mannerheim's Child Welfare Association. I am very interested in the online safety of youth and kids, and the wider public. I was very happy to have this opportunity to go to Brussels and be part of the BIK Youth Panel 2018. Altthough I work with young people, this was my first time to take part this this kind of event as representative of Mannerheim's Welfare Association. I'm so glad and proud to do this and with this passion of mine to work this way won't be let down.
My name is Lea and I'm from Germany. I've been a part of the "Medienscouts-Club" at my school for 4 years, because I've always liked to know how the internet is developing. Apart from that, I'm really into music.
My name is Christina and I'm a 16-year-old student from Greece. I became part of Greece's Safer Internet Youth Panel three years ago, when I realised by my own experience that safety in the digital world is just as important as it is in reality. We, as the new generation, should constantly try to improve the quality of the internet by not only expressing our opinion but also by attending events like the Safer Internet Forum, held in Brussels on November 2018. I had the opportunity to participate in this amazing event and meet even more amazing people. I had no idea that it would be so easy to get along with so many children from all around Europe. The 18 of us made a great team and achieved the impossible. In a very short period of time we came up with the idea of our hashtag (#MyDigitalSelfandI) and developed it, as we created a video related to this. Our deep dive session also included a number of 10-minutes discussions on a variety of topics such as Article 13, GDPR, fake news, influencers, and so on. Everything went better than planned and there is nothing I would change about this unforgettable experience. Throughout this trip, not only I acquired knowledge, but I also made some incredible friends that I'll meet again in the near future.
My name is Marina and I am a 15-year-old student from Greece! I joined the Greek Safer Internet Youth Panel 2 years ago and internet safety has been one of my main interests ever since. I am particularly fond of children's rights on the internet, as well as young people's safety in it. Having the opportunity to actually be a part of the BIK Youth Panel 2018 was a huge thing for me, since it provided me with the chance to have a voice and an impact on the world. I cannot even begin to describe to what extent this event has influenced me.
I'm Lorcan and I'm a 17-year-old student from Ireland. I first became interested in online safety through my own experiences online and I signed up to become a Safer Internet Day (SID) Ambassador with the Irish Safer Internet Centre. I organised online safety events in my school for Safer Internet Day and I became a member of the Irish Youth Panel. Through this role, I have taken part in open policy debates and panel discussions focusing on the challenges and benefits of technology. These include an Open Policy Debate organised by the Irish Government in March this year which lead to the first Online Safety Strategy, and the EMEA Child Safety Summit hosted by Google and Facebook in April of this year. I'm also a member of Tipperary Comhairle na nÓg, where we actively promote positive use of technology and being aware of online safety.
Hey! My name is Algirdas, a 19-year-old currently studying Political Science and International Relations in Vilnius, Lithuania. I have been involved with digital safety education and BIK for about 5 years now. During these years I have been fortunate enough to participate in many national and international events. This allowed me to create educational material for young people across the Europe, raise awareness for concerning issues and most importantly represent Lithuania at a European level. I believe that well-funded quality education and a sustainable government can make our lives a lot better and our futures a lot brighter.
Hello world! I'm Sina from Luxembourg. I am 15 years old and a student of the Lycée de Garçons de Luxembourg. I also panel review for BEE SECURE, focusing on technology and safety for kids. The Safer Internet Forum was my first conference, so at the beginning I was very nervous, but it turned out to be one of the best experiences that I have ever had. I really enjoyed working with all the other youth panellists, getting to know so many people from across the European Union, brainstorming on current topics (such as internet creators, data protection, Article 13, … ), and organising our deep dive session. I am really proud of our work, #MyDigitalSelfandI. ps. The food was delicious!
I'm Catarina, a 16 years old girl from Portugal. As the cyber world plays a big part of my life, I'm interested in all the things related to it. Because of this, I have been involved in the "Digital Leaders" initiative of the Portuguese Safer Internet Centre, since 2015. Throughout the years, I've had the opportunity to work with children, peers, parents, teachers, and others in regional events, by sharing experiences and thoughts about this important topic. This year, I participated in some activities at a national level, by being the "youth's voice which adults also need to hear", such as the panel on "Ethics… odd word applied to cyber. Why and where should we fit it", in the C-Days Conference and in the "1st conference – INCoDe.2030". More recently, I took part in BIK Youth Panel, Safer Internet Forum and BIK Advisory Board in Brussels. All these events were an excellent opportunity to get to know different people, different realities and different experiences, which I want to share with others. My final goal is to make a contribution to improve children and youngster's rights and knowledge in the internet and new technologies!
Henkka, an 19-year-old YouTuber from Finland, has been sharing his life to thousands of people on social media for 5 years. His content is also published by the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle's program and content entity for teens on multiple platforms and on social media.
Henkka took part in the 2017 edition of YEP and is working with Save the Children Finland.
My name is Olivia, I'm a 18-year-old student from Denmark. I'm extremely passionate about the safer internet agenda and the overall goal of creating a better internet. I have been volunteering for Save the Children Denmark for the past five years, during which I have attended both international and national Internet Governance Forums (IGFs). I have been involved in projects aiming to improve children's and young people's rights and knowledge on the internet. I am looking forward to continuing the work with my national Safer Internet Centre (SIC) and as a part of the European Youth Panel.
My name is Ionela-Laura, I am 20 years old and I'm from Romania. I am a student at the "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture in Bucharest and I have been part of the Safer Internet Centre (SIC) (Save the Children Romania) since 2014. I have participated in trainings, gaining knowledge about the safe use of the internet and new online technologies, and I have acquired skills for working with children. I have held informative sessions in schools for children, which helped the Romanian SIC to raise awareness about the dangers as well as the benefits of the online environment. My motto: " be the change you want to see in the world".
Hi, I'm Viktorija, I'm 18 and I come from Lithuania. I have been a part of Safer Internet Centre (SIC) in Lithuania for the past three years. I was a Youth Panellist in both the 2015 and 2017 editions of the European Youth Panel (YEP). My biggest passions are the arts and IT. I am ready to bring my contribution to the best future we all can have!
Hi, I'm Noah, I'm 18 years old and I'm from Luxembourg. I'm still in high school and I am currently involved in a range of activities with the national Safer Internet Centre (SIC), BEE-SECURE in my leisure time. Occasionally I contribute to the SIC's activities as a youth journalist.
I am a 19-year-old student from Vilnius, Lithuania. Last year, I took part in the #TogetherForRespect campaign launched in Brussels during the Safer Internet Forum (SIF). I am a creative, hardworking perfectionist committed to bringing my contribution to BIK Youth initiatives in which I have a lot of faith – together with my colleagues, we can achieve a lot!
Since 2015 I have been involved in online safety issues. I started attending the Safer Internet Forum back then as a youth representative for Austria and participated in disucussion at our local Safer Internet Centre. Since then, I got even more involved and became one of the many Youth Ambassadors. I was able to develope a game about cyberbullying with which I took second place at the Safer Internet Awards. Since 2018 I have been studying law at the University of Vienna and I work at the Safer Internet Centre Austria with a focus on youth participation.
I'm Fanni from Hungary. I'm a member of the Hungarian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) Youth Panel. I am studying programming in Budapest and I have a longstanding interest in the continuously changing online world. We can't change the whole world in one day, but we should pay attention to our surroundings every day and make small changes.
Sophie (United Kingdom)
I'm Sophie Hextall, a youth representative for Childnet from England. As a member of the cyber generation, I have a great interest in the cyber world and the ways in which it affects young people.
My name's Chiara and I'm from Belgium ! I'm 18 and I have been volunteering for the Belgian Safer Internet Centre for 2 years. In 2017 I participated in the European Youth Panel and Safer Internet Forum in Brussels. It was really interesting and with the other youths we launched a campaign named : #togetherforrespect. We wanted something simple, which can be used by everyone on social media - many of my friends for instance have been asking about it and I'm happy to explain our project, how we launched it and what it is for. I think our campaign is really important because cyber-bullying is something that we cannot let happen.
I started working in the field of safer internet seven years ago when I was still in school. I was a youth panelist for the National Awareness Centre, Klicksafe. For the past three years I have been studying law and have developed an interest in digital law and politics. I have already taken part in a number of Insafe events such as the summer school in Romania, and the Safer Internet Forum, Safer Internet Day celebrations in Brussels, EuroDIG and IGF-D.
I was also involved in the launch of the Youth Manifesto initiative, which was an amazing opportunity for young people to have their say on priorities for creating a better internet for the future. I think it is essential to show everyone – and I really mean everyone: young children, youth, parents and grandparents – that the internet is not a place where only bad things happen, as we often hear on the news. I believe the internet gives great opportunities but we all need to learn how to use it in the right way.
The idea of peer education and the fact that youth from every country in the EU meet up to discuss themes around online safety is one of the greatest things I can imagine. I'm really lucky that I can take part in such great programs and meet such great people!
Charalampos is a young former YEP youth panellist. Currently a student at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of National and Kapodistian University of Athens, he is an active participant in international conferences on internet governance such as SEEDIG, IGF, EuroDIG, YouthDIG and the Better Internet for Kids Youth Panel.
In his spare time he is a passionate hiker, cyclist and sailor.
João Pedro (Portugal)
João is a young Computer Engineering student at the University of Coimbra. He has been a Youth Ambassador for about six years.
Born in Portugal, he was one of the first members from outside Lisbon to join the youth panel of his national Safer Internet Centre (SIC). After attending a Safer Internet Forum (SIF) in Luxembourg in 2011 representing his country, he was invited to be a Youth Ambassador. Since then he has attended some seminars – including one in Paris at Vivendi headquarters, and another one in Cachan. He also attended the European Parliament for the launch of the WebWeWant handbook, and participated in two more editions of Safer Internet Forum, one of which took place in Brussels. Throughout the years, he has had the opportunity to both raise awareness among his peers and learn about online safety issues. All these events have also been extraordinary occasions to meet many interesting people from all around the world.
Young people's opinions are very important for Joao and he believes that they should be taken into account by both politicians and industry. That is why he is involved in several projects, most of them connected to youth participation in debates and decision making processes. More recently, he has worked alongside his national SIC to organise lectures in local schools and regional events, and has been involved in internet governance events, both at national (Incode2030 and Portuguese IGF – 2016/17) and international (Global IGF – Mexico 2016) levels.