Digikomp.at was created for students between the ages of 10 and 14 to help them to learn about basic use of ICT. The purpose of the programme is to ensure that all pupils in this age group are able to use ICT competently, even if ICT doesn't feature as a specific subject in the curriculum for many young people in Austria.
It is no coincidence that three events with close links to the internet took place in the Czech Republic in March, with the direct or indirect support and participation of the national Safer Internet Centre (SIC). Two of them were first initiated some time ago in the framework of the March ‘Month of the internet campaign’, while the third – Get Online Week – supports the efforts of the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs.
In Denmark, many teachers, educators, school principals, students and parents have a positive approach towards ICT and digital media in everyday life. However, for teachers and educators especially, it can be a dilemma-packed arena. Questions of liability, copyright and the right to privacy emerge time and again, particularly when teachers and students meet, communicate or work together online. A new resource - 'Digital Dialogue in Schools' – can help.
Here, the Centre for Digital Youth Care in Denmark outlines some of the tools and resources it has created (or contributed to) of late to help create a safer and better internet for children and young people.
Many youngsters use a personal smartphone every day. The bills are usually paid by parents; only a few pay the bill from their own allowance. Generally, they have not encountered any significant internet frauds nor lost their money but if so, it’s been mainly as a result of their own reckless behaviour. This kind of conclusion can be reached based on the answers given for this article by 65 Estonian students aged 15-17 as part of the 'Cleverly online – save yourself and your money!' session at the 'Smartly on the Web' Conference.
We live in the 21st century – an era of technology, and an era when education systems should be changing in line with the speed youngsters learn to use new technologies. This is especially the case if the subject is internet safety! Effective teaching is the key to successful, collaborative and personalised learning, which in turn creates better-prepared students.
Online safety is a daily issue in Lithuanian public libraries as they provide ICT training and consultations to local community members throughout the year. Nevertheless, on the occasion of Safer Internet Day (SID) 2014, librarians were invited to dedicate one special week to discovering new ways and non-traditional activities for raising awareness on safer internet issues. The results were quite impressive – over 100 libraries in both cities and remote areas were involved in activities which, together, attracted more than 5,000 participants.
One of the most effective ways to promote information safety and a secure use of internet devices, as well as the development of a general 'security culture' for young people, is through the integration of relevant topics into the school curricula. BEE SECURE not only supports the implementation of the country’s strategy for information safety and security in general, but is also the main driving force behind the information security training sessions offered at Luxembourgish schools.
Students from the youth panel of St Peter’s School, situated in Palmela, Portugal, hosted a session to raise awareness on safe and critical internet use among the youngest children - fifth graders (aged 10-12). The session allowed the youngsters to openly express their doubts and concerns about issues they face when online, while also benefiting from a conversation with their peers in a relaxed environment.
Every year in Romania, the Ministry of Education dedicates one week in April to non-formal and extracurricular educational activities. All institutions, teachers and pupils are encouraged to participate in a range of diverse cultural actions. The Safer Internet Centre (SIC) in Romania, and the country-wide network of active youth panellists, will take this as an opportunity to teach children and teachers about online safety issues.
It seems that Russian schoolchildren will soon learn about safety in the digital world. Plans are in place to introduce internet and mobile safety issues into the school curriculum. This change is one of the recommendations of the Parliamentary Hearings about child online safety, which were held in the Council of Federation of Russia in March 2014.
Education within the school environment on the safe and responsible use of the internet promotes a healthy digital education for children. They spend most of their time at school and their teachers can convey to students, from very early ages and in a natural and continuous way, guidelines and recommendations to make responsible use of new technologies. For this reason, Protégeles not only educates children and families but also provides information, advice and resources for teachers and schools.