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Latest edition - September 2014: Back2School

Editorial Issue 94 - September 2014

Welcome to the 94th edition of the Insafe newsletter. We hope you had a good summer break.

This week sees the launch of the 2014 Insafe Back2School campaign offering a range of free eSafety resources for teachers and educators. We’ll be bringing you a week of 'countdown gifts', followed by the launch of the full resource on Monday 8 September 2014. The ‘gifts’ will include a special edition of the Insafe eSafety bulletin, new tip sheets and decision trees on online safety issues, news of the forthcoming 'Games in School' online course, and new resources from our industry partners - find out more at

The start of the new school year is always an excellent time to raise awareness and set the expectations for technology use and online behaviours. Hence, this month, a number of our national centres update us on strategies, tools and resources for raising the profile of online safety in schools.

Also continuing is the Youth Manifesto initiative - Youth from across Europe have been sharing their ideas - and resources - online on what they would like to see from the internet of the future. Please encourage your children and students to have their say too... they could even win a trip to Brussels to present their ideas to European policy makers!

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: Back to school

[Austria] WhatsApp and the new school year – technology challenges for classroom dynamics

Students today live in a different world where their classroom extends into the digital world. Relationship dynamics no longer end at the school gate, but instead spread into social media networks such as Facebook or WhatsApp. In Austria, it’s quite common for every student to have a smartphone at the age of 10 or 11 when secondary school starts, already loaded with such tools. The Austrian Safer Internet Centre has therefore developed some guidelines for use of WhatsApp.

[Belgium] Keeping parents and teachers up-to-date with the latest jargon of youngsters online

As the Belgian Safer Internet Centre, Child Focus is aware of the latest changes and upcoming trends regarding social media use among young people. It’s not always easy to follow this high-speed evolution in the digital world, but it’s necessary to know what youngsters are doing online and how risks may evolve over time. This, of course, also has consequences for the Safer Internet Centre in its prevention work in the eSafety field.

[Czech Republic] Safer internet quiz for Czech children

With the start of the new school year, Czech children have the opportunity to enter an interesting competition. The National Safer Internet Centre (SIC) has prepared a quiz where children can test their knowledge and skills on safer use of the internet and mobile technologies. The quiz was prepared in the framework of the Kraje pro bezpecny internet project, launched in cooperation with the Association of Regions of the Czech Republic and Microsoft.

[Germany] Teaching module on ‘How to handle cyberbullying’

The term ‘cyberbullying’ indicates an online-media-related problem. Although this is the case, it is often linked to ‘offline’ problems also, for example bullying at school. The supplementary module ‘How to handle cyberbullying’ explains the always-relevant phenomenon in more detail and offers suggestions on how to approach this problem in the classroom.

[Ireland] Posting pictures to a school website

The taking, publishing and sharing of images is one area where technological changes have resulted in a revolution in the way the whole process takes place. No longer do you have to bring a roll of film to a developer and wait for your pictures to be printed. Instead, digital cameras and high-spec camera phones mean taking and publishing photos can be done in just a few simple clicks. While the development of digital imaging has undoubtedly created massive benefits for learning, there are also some risks that your school needs to be aware of.

[Luxembourg] School provides practice for the future

The new school year in Luxembourg starts in the middle of September, and many Luxembourgish youngsters are happily looking forward to new challenges. But these challenges don’t only comprise complicated equations, new vocabulary or the theories of well-known philosophers: they also include many online challenges that they may face in their day-to-day lives.

[Norway] Reflecting on Norwegian successes

Recent months have seen the Norwegian Safer Internet Centre launch and promote many new and existing tools, guides and reports aimed at children, parents, educators and officials. Media coverage has been high and the response from the public has been overwhelming and positive. Still, there are two successes that stand out and are worthy of extra attention; these are the Digiduck e-book and the new social media guide for adults ‘Do you have children that use social media? - this is what you need to know’.

[Sweden] Increasing need for media and information literacy

Media and information literacy (MIL) constitute increasingly important skills in our times of mediated and interactive digital lives. In both our private and public roles we need to manage a multitude of media – messages and formats – in order to find information, make conscious decisions, make our voices heard and to practise our rights and fulfil our responsibilities as active citizens. This is especially important for children and young people.

[UK] Computing curriculum begins in England

September 2014 sees the start of a new academic year in the UK and the introduction of a new national curriculum in England. One of the biggest changes that this new curriculum brings is replacing the subject of ICT with Computing. The new Computing subject aims to equip pupils with programming and coding skills in order to understand how to create programs and systems and use information technology creatively. The subject also covers digital literacy and has learning expectations related to eSafety.

We're also pleased to share information of new resources from our industry contacts as part of the Insafe Back2School campaign...

New resources from Disney's Club Penguin

These days parents are keen to ensure their children’s safety online. Between texting, chats, games, and social media, there are so many places to consider, and staying on top of your family’s digital safety can feel overwhelming. Disney’s Club Penguin wants to help families navigate the online world safely and with confidence. With the support of CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency) and Childnet (partners in the UK Safer Internet Centre), we have produced materials to help parents get the message across in a fun and entertaining way.

Campaigns, training and resources

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 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 children and young people. Register your support now.

Events, conferences and competitions

Have your say on the future of the internet and win a trip to Brussels!

Participate in the Youth Manifesto initiative to ensure that your digital rights are safeguarded and you might just win a trip to Brussels. There are two ways to go about it – 'Create a resource' and 'Cast your vote'. Use your creativity, and think long and hard about different issues relating to the online world and how that online world could be made better in the future. Then create a resource that reflects your thoughts and opinions. But hurry - the deadline for entries is fast approaching!

Youth represent Insafe at the Internet Governance Forum

The ninth edition on the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, on 2-5 September 2014. The IGF serves to bring together, on a common platform, stakeholder groups from widely diverse walks of life to discuss public policy issues relating to the internet. The voice of youth figures largely at the IGF and, in this edition of the forum, Insafe has selected Grace from Ireland and Nina from the UK to attend the IGF and co-chair our pre-event on 1 September, entitled ‘Governance in a mobile social web - finding the markers’. Keep checking the Insafe website for live updates from the event throughout the week.

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 at professionals working with children: teachers, educators, psychologists.

Safer Internet Forum 2014, November 2014 - registration now open

This November, the European Commission’s Safer Internet Programme will host the 11th edition of the Safer Internet Forum (SIF). The Safer Internet Forum is an annual international conference 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. Online registration is now open.

Research, reports and surveys

Insafe infographic: A day in the life of Insafe

Insafe has recently produced an infographic entitled ‘A day in the life of Insafe’ showcasing the work of the Insafe network and how it impacts on our various stakeholders. We’re proud to see the reach of our work in our mission of empowering children and young people to use the internet, as well as other online and mobile technologies, positively, safely and effectively. Indeed, thousands of young people are reached through the network's activities on a daily basis.

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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