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Browse our selection of news stories to learn more about how young people from across Europe (and beyond) have been contributing to creating a safer and better internet. And, if you're interested in browsing a fuller selection of news stories, head on over to the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal or check out the quarterly BIK bulletin for regular highlights. If you're keen to contribute with a story of your own, check out the BIK content contribution guidelines - we'd love to hear from you!

  • The outcomes of the Youth Pledge for a Better Internet, one year on

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2021-03-08
    • Author: BIK team

    On Safer Internet Day (SID) 2021 – which we celebrated on Tuesday, 9 February 2021 – the Youth Pledge for a Better Internet celebrated its first year of existence. Below, we look back on the achievements of this youth-led initiative in partnership with industry representatives from the Alliance to better protect minors online aimed at making online platforms’ terms and conditions more age appropriate.

  • Looking back on the European Commission’s online event for Safer Internet Day 2021

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2021-03-03
    • Author: Lili Leißer, BIK Youth Ambassador

    Lili Leißer, Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Youth Ambassador and Youth Coordinator at the Austrian Safer Internet Centre, took part in the online event organised by the European Commission on Safer Internet Day, on Tuesday, 9 February 2021. In this article, she reflects on the progress accomplished in the framework of the Youth Pledge.

  • Youth participation – Is it just for show or does it have an impact?

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2020-12-16
    • Author: Lili Leißer, Austrian BIK Youth Ambassador and Youth Coordinator

    Just like with most events this year, Safer Internet Forum (SIF) 2020 took place online, but this did not stop the Austrian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) from inviting young people to become part of the safer internet community. The difference was that instead of 20 young people from all over Europe being usually invited to Brussels, this time almost 50 young people could participate in several events.

  • Being young online during a pandemic – Insights from IGF 2020

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2020-12-16
    • Author: BIK Team

    On Tuesday, 3 November 2020, the Insafe network held a pre-event at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), “The coronavirus pandemic: A global crisis is showing us how to live online”. During the event, two youth panellists shared their experiences of the digital environment during lockdown.

  • Looking back on the achievements of the Youth Pledge for a Better Internet at Safer Internet Forum

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2020-12-16
    • Author: BIK Team

    On Tuesday, 24 November 2020, the first side event of Safer Internet Forum (SIF) took place online, with a focus on Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Youth. During this session, two lines of youth participation work within the remit of BIK were discussed, including the Youth Pledge for a Better Internet, a youth-led initiative in partnership with industry on age-appropriate design launched on Safer Internet Day (SID) 2020.

  • A focus on youth at Safer Internet Forum 2020

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2020-12-16
    • Author: BIK Team

    On Tuesday, 24 November 2020, Safer Internet Forum (SIF) kicked off with a side-event dedicated to BIK Youth, which placed both the BIK Youth Panel 2020 and the Youth Pledge for a Better Internet in the spotlight. 

  • The BIK Youth Panel 2020 is getting close!

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2020-11-17
    • Author: BIK Team

    The 12th edition of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Youth Panel is underway and will culminate with an online session at Safer Internet Forum (SIF) 2020.

  • Re-launch of klicksafe's Cyber-Bullying First-Aid App

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2020-10-30
    • Author: German Safer Internet Centre

    How can young people deal with cyberbullying when they themselves are affected? Where can they turn to if they do not want to confide in their families or teachers directly? In order to support young people in dealing with cyberbullying, members of the klicksafe Youth Panel have developed the Cyberbullying First Aid App in 2016. The German Awareness Centre klicksafe is publishing the app and the corresponding klicksafe flyer Was tun bei Cyber-Mobbing? ("What to do about cyberbullying?") in a new design and with new content.

  • SIC+: focus on the activities of the Ukrainian National Child Toll-Free Hotline

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2020-09-30
    • Author: Better Internet Centre, Ukrainian SIC+ programme participant

    In Ukraine, the National Child Toll-Free Hotline ("the Hotline") began its work on 1 January 2013. The work of the Hotline is managed by the civil society organisation (CSO) La Strada-Ukraine. This organisation is a partner of non-governmental organisation (NGO) Better Internet Centre from Ukraine, which joined the SIC+ programme in 2020.

  • IGF 2020 – BIK Youth Ambassadors attend #Youth4DigitalSustainability programme

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2020-09-30
    • Author: João Pedro Martins and Kathrin Morasch, BIK Youth Ambassadors

    In the run-up to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2020, the programme #Youth4DigitalSustainability brings together young people from all over the world to work together on the topic of sustainability in internet governance.

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