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Latest edition - November 2014: Online tolerance

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Editorial Issue 96 - November 2014

Welcome to the 96th edition of the Insafe newsletter, where our focus this month is on online tolerance.

On 16 November 2014, the United Nations will observe the International Day for Tolerance, following the adoption of a Declaration of Principles on Tolerance on this day in 1995. The Declaration affirms that tolerance is 'respect and appreciation of the rich variety of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human'. Nowadays, as the boundaries between our offline worlds and online worlds become ever more blurred, it is essential to also promote tolerance online.

In this edition of the newsletter, we share some perspectives on online tolerance from several of our Safer Internet Centres. Read about the iRespect tool from Child Focus in Belgium, the involvement of the Czech and Finnish Safer Internet Centres in the No Hate Speech Movement, and approaches in Germany to combatting right-wing extremism on the internet.

Also, this week sees the annual meeting of the pan-European Youth and Adult panels, followed by the Safer Internet Forum in Brussels, Belgium. These two events provide an opportunity for interested stakeholders to come together to discuss the latest trends, risks and solutions related to a safer and better internet. Follow the latest news from the events on the Insafe blog.

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: Online tolerance

[Belgium] Tolerance: a value for the real and virtual world

Tolerance is an important value for everyday life. As stated in the ‘Declaration of Principles on Tolerance’, tolerance is about respect and appreciation of the world’s diversity of culture. It’s about values, beliefs and respect for differences, enabling people to live together in their diversity. Child Focus, as the Belgian Safer Internet Centre, wants to promote this value through its prevention tools, by raising awareness among all young people on the importance to respect all people, without differences, both online and offline.

[Czech Republic] Promoting online tolerance

Tolerance online is one of the topics on which the Czech National Safer Internet Centre (CZ SIC) regularly focuses. We consider this topic to be very important: the online space is a specific place where people can make their ideas and views public but often, unfortunately, these ideas and views are negative towards various groups and minorities. And, of course, it is much easier to say something unpleasant on the internet than in real life because of anonymity and the lack of real-life interaction.

[Finland] Fundamental rights challenged by hate speech

In recent years, Finland has encountered a public discussion about cyber hate and hate speech, and the effects that these phenomena can inflict on the atmosphere of society. This article discusses some recent Finnish activities around online hate speech.

[Germany] Right-wing extremism on the internet

Today the internet is one of the most important propaganda tools of right-wing extremists. The websites of right-wing extremists appear to be harmless, modern and youthful but the ideology behind them is always the same: anti-democratic, xenophobic, racist. Extreme right-wing mechanisms are so sophisticated that even adults are not able to see through them at first glance. Young people especially, who are often still searching for their own identity and a (political) world view, can easily get caught out.

[Luxembourg] Tolerance as a lifetask

New technologies don’t help to contain cyber mobbing (or cyber bullying), but rather multiply it. Other users can be harassed, humiliated or threatened via SMS, email, chat or in a social network. Although there are few possibilities to prevent it in a technological way, one has to address the users themselves.

[UK] Minimising reputational risk – advice for professionals

How can schools and teachers manage reputational risk online? Here, the UK Safer Internet Centre offers some pointers ranging from mediation, to acceptable use policies (AUPs) and online reporting mechanisms.

Campaigns, training and resources

[Belgium] Campaign for online privacy

The new Minister for Education, Ms Hilde Crevits, recently launched a campaign on online privacy for secondary schools as part of her media literacy policy. The campaign is targeted at the first grade of secondary education, as research shows that the pupils aged 12-14 are actively experimenting on social networking sites and are starting to create their online identities.

A parent's guide to Instagram

MediaSmarts, a Canadian organisation, has developed a guide exclusively for parents to understand how one of the most popular sites in the world, Instagram, works. The guide covers some questions frequently asked by parents regarding Instagram, its privacy settings, account settings and what to do in case of online harassment.

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

Pan-EU Youth and Adult Panel discuss a better internet

The sixth edition of the Pan-EU Youth and Adult Panel will take place in Brussels on 4-5 November 2014. Youth from different countries of Europe will come together to share their ideas on better internet issues, while accompanying adults will discuss similar issues in parallel sessions. The winners of the Youth Manifesto Resource Exchange initiative will also be participating.

Safer Internet Forum 2014 is here

This week, the European Commission’s Safer Internet Programme will host the 11th edition of the Safer Internet Forum (SIF) in Brussels, Belgium. 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.

Research, reports and surveys

Impact of poverty in the online world

The recently released report by Unicef on the impact of poverty on the present and future life of almost 7.5 million children in the European Union who today live under the threshold of poverty gives us a lot of food for thought. Without jumping to any hasty conclusions, it does seem important to investigate rising poverty as one of the factors contributing to the rise in self-harm and bullying which are both closely related to low self-esteem. European Schoolnet launched a new project, Enable, on 1 October 2014 which will investigate these and other linked phenomena.

New report on experiences with sexual content

This new report brings together findings from EU Kids Online and Net Children Go Mobile. It shows that cultural differences, national policies and the public debate on children’s experiences with sexual content all frame the way in which children themselves talk about sexual content. Thus what is regarded as ‘sexual’ differs across cultures.

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.

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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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