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Latest edition - July/August 2014 - The voice of youth

Editorial Issue 93 - July/August 2014

Welcome to the 93rd edition of the Insafe newsletter - our theme for this month is ‘The voice of youth’.

In developing and shaping a better internet for the future, it's essential that we take into account the views and concerns of young people on how they want to use technology, and what their concerns are. What better way to do this than by consulting with youth directly?

Each of the 31 Safer Internet Centres in the Insafe network has formed its own youth panel as an integral element of its services. In this edition of the newsletter we hear from many of our centres on initiatives for working with youth and campaigns to engage youth. We also hear from several youth panellists direct on their experiences in contributing to a better internet - be that through creating multimedia resources (in the case of Cypriot youth) or representing the voice of youth at major European conferences (as was the case recently for youngsters from Germany and Greece). Read on to find out more…

Also continuing is the Youth Manifesto initiative - Youth from across Europe have been sharing their ideas online on what they would like to see from the internet of the future. The initial consultation phase has closed, but the next round will open on 15 July 2014 for young people to start voting on ideas for the final Youth Manifesto - and indeed upload their own innovative resources for a better internet. As parents and carers or teachers and educators, we hope you will encourage youth to take part.

And, as always, you’ll also find a mix of news, events and resources from across the Insafe network and beyond to keep you informed and up to date on a range of eSafety issues and opportunities.

We hope you enjoy this edition of the Insafe newsletter. If you would like to contribute an article for a forthcoming issue of the newsletter, or the Insafe blog, please contact the Insafe team. If you've found this newsletter useful, why not forward it on to a friend or colleague and encourage them to subscribe via the newsletter page on the Insafe website?

Please note: in compiling the Insafe newsletter, we often accept contributions from a number of sources with a shared interest in online safety. Articles are accepted in good faith with regards to their validity and accuracy, but please note that the views expressed within individual articles are not necessarily the views of the Insafe network, European Schoolnet, the European Commission or partner organisations.

Focus: The voice of youth

[Austria] Social networks offer fewer options for boys

How do young people present themselves in social networks? How do they express their feelings? How do they interact with each other? How is their behaviour influenced by gender? The ImaGE2.0 project, funded by the Austrian Research Fund, tried to answer these questions based on a survey of 50 young Austrians in 2013.

[Belgium] Online rights and responsibilities: eSafety for blind and visually-impaired young people

The Belgian Safer Internet Centre, Child Focus, has developed numerous awareness-raising tools to empower youth to adopt safe and responsible practices when using the internet. Nonetheless, those tools aren’t responding to the needs of all children, such as blind children. This is why Child Focus initiated an in-depth project with this target group.

[Cyprus] The voice of youth

Daily, many young people make use of the internet and are often faced with a range of positive and negative experiences. Here, Cypriot youth share their multimedia resources for using the internet in a safe and responsible way.

[Germany] My day as a speaker at the EuroDIG in Berlin

Taking the voice of youth into account in internet governance issues is extremely important. Here, we hear from Lennart, a German youth panellist, about his opportunity to take part in the recent EuroDIG (European Dialogue on Internet Governance) conference in Berlin, Germany.

[Greece] Minors and children in the digital era: the perspective of a Greek youngster

Marina Karamplia, senior youth panel member of the Greek Awareness Centre ( was invited to speak at the conference entitled ‘Protection of Minors in the Digital Era’, held in the framework of the Hellenic Presidency of the EU Council on 14-15 March 2014 at Zappeion. Her speech was very inspiring as to the issue of minors and digital media... we share its contents here.

[Netherlands] More young people needed in ICT

Young people should be encouraged to study ICT and be made aware of the many possibilities and opportunities that such studies open to them. The need for people with ICT skills is huge, but unfortunately there are not enough young people engaging in these studies to fulfill this need. That is why the Dutch Digital Champion launched the campaign ‘Geef IT door’ (pass on IT) in June 2014.

[Spain] How teenagers see security and privacy on the internet

Teenagers and parents have different views regarding privacy on the internet. Whereas adults aren’t generally that inclined to post personal photos on the internet, teenagers don’t consider that sharing pictures online presents any loss of privacy or indeed presents any more risk than they would expect to find on the street. Here, we share some experiences and perspectives from teenagers.

[UK] Developing youth leadership in online safety

In September 2014, the UK Safer Internet Centre (UK SIC) will be piloting a new programme which aims to develop youth leadership in online safety and build an engaged network of young people across the UK. The young people will have responsibility for championing digital creativity and digital citizenship within their schools, and they will educate their peers, parents and teachers about staying safe online.

Campaigns, training and resources

Save the date: Insafe Back2School campaign, September 2014

A reminder that the Insafe network is already busy preparing its Back2School 2014 campaign. Building on the successes of previous editions, the Insafe Back2School campaign consists of an online ‘gift’ of resources and tools for teachers to use throughout the school year. It is traditionally released on 8 September to mark the United Nations International Literacy Day. Register for updates now.

Save the date: EU Code Week, October 2014

During the week of 11-17 October 2014, European children, parents, teachers, entrepreneurs and policy makers are invited to participate in the EU Code Week. The second edition of the initiative will take place in classrooms and events across Europe teaching programming among other IT skills. Insafe welcomes this initiative which will empower several target groups, but mostly children and young people, to be e-confident.

Save the date: Safer Internet Forum 2014, November 2014

This year’s Safer Internet Forum (SIF) will take place on 6-7 November 2014 in Brussels, venue to be confirmed. SIF is a key annual international conference in Europe where policy-makers, researchers, law enforcement bodies, youth, parents and carers, teachers, NGOs, industry representatives, experts and other relevant actors come together to discuss the latest trends, risks and solutions related to child online safety. It is organised and funded by the European Commission under the Safer Internet Programme as part of the European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children.

Save the date: Safer Internet Day, February 2015

The next edition of Safer Internet Day will take place on 10 February 2015. Building on the success of last year's campaign, the theme will remain as ‘Let’s create a better internet together’. We hope that, once again, all stakeholders – be they children and young people, parents and carers, teachers and educators, or industry and politicians - will join with us in making the day and working together to build a better internet for all, but particularly for children and young people.

Youth Manifesto initiative: participate, disseminate and engage young people

The European youth representatives of the Insafe network invite their peers to tell policymakers and industry what they think about the future of the internet in the Youth Manifesto initiative. Teachers can also get involved by initiating discussions in the classroom to prompt young people to think about some of the issues and consider what they would like the internet of the future to look like. Various toolkits are available to help teachers in this process.

The Big March: a successful event

The Big March, which took place online on 11 June 2014, counted with the support of 600,000 people across 33 European countries and beyond who took a stand against cyberbullying. The campaign’s next step is to issue a petition to be delivered to the European Commission urging for new laws for child protection against bullying, a €77m anti-bullying fund and a European Day against bullying. Insafe was proud to participate in the initiative by virtually marching across websites and by sharing its resources for a better internet in the Big March tent

Neelie Kroes at European Schoolnet coding workshop event

European Schoolnet recently organised a workshop on how to connect and scale up coding. Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda for Europe, was present along with industry partners, NGOs, coding clubs, educators and ministry representatives.

[EUN] Open call for schools to join science project

At Insafe, we often share information on projects that make positive use of online technology. Go-Lab is looking for 500 schools from all over Europe to join the second phase of Go-Labs pilot activities starting in October 2014 providing access to online science labs.

Events, conferences and competitions

[Poland] 8th International Conference: Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online, September 2014

The Polish and German SICs (NASK, Nobody's Children Foundation and klicksafe) are organising the 8th International Conference, Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online, to be held in Warsaw, Poland on 25-26 September 2014. The conference is aimed at academics, NGOs, the internet industry, as well as to professionals working with children: teachers, educators, psychologists.

Research, reports and surveys

Do you think your students suffer from nomophobia?

Are your students constantly checking their smartphones? Do you think they would rather starve for 24 hours than go without their mobile phones? What about you? Are you also addicted to your smartphone? Nomophobia is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact, feeling anxious or tense when you lose your mobile phone, run out of battery or have no network coverage. According to the latest Net Children Go Mobile report, 50 per cent of children interviewed (9-16) “felt a strong need to check their mobile phone very or fairly often”.

EU Kids Online: Children influenced by sensationalist media

EU Kids Online has published a new report entitled: ‘Meaning of online problematic situations: results of a qualitative investigation in nine European countries’. The research was based on the weekly internet use of children from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom and focused on how children perceive their experiences online. It concluded that children are strongly influenced by sensationalist media coverage.

'Millennials' oversharing online, just a misassumption

It is usually assumed that adults are concerned about the invasion of their privacy on the internet, while teens freely give up personal information and are apathetic towards online privacy. However, according to the findings of recent research by the Oxford Internet Institute, this common assumption is potentially wrong and, in fact, there is a clear inverse relationship between privacy and age.

Insafe is a European network of awareness centres promoting safe, responsible use of the internet and mobile devices to young people. It is co-funded by the Safer Internet Programme.

Would you like to contribute an article for this newsletter or the Insafe blog? If so, please contact the Insafe team.

Please note: in compiling the Insafe newsletter, we often accept contributions from a number of sources with a shared interest in online safety. Articles are accepted in good faith with regards to their validity and accuracy, but please note that the views expressed within individual articles are not necessarily the views of the Insafe network, European Schoolnet, the European Commission or partner organisations.

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