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Latest edition - April 2014 - Education month

Editorial Issue 90 - April 2014

Welcome to the 90th edition of the Insafe newsletter, as this month we focus on education.

In this edition we hear from several of our Safer Internet Centres (SICs) on their educational initiatives and resources, ranging from tools for creating 'digital dialogues' in schools in Denmark, different educational approaches to online safety in Latvia, and educating wider communities on eSafety through public libraries in Lithuania. We also hear of the work of several SICs in promoting the importance of online safety in the curriculum in schools.

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

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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.

Focus: Education month

[Austria] Supporting Austrian youth with basic ICT skills 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.

[Czech Republic] A month of activities in the Czech Republic

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.

[Denmark] Digital dialogue in schools

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.

[Denmark] Tools for a better internet

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.

[Estonia] Young people online: a bulletproof password, naive faith

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.

[Latvia] Different educational approaches to online safety - choose which suits you best!

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.

[Lithuania] Safer internet lessons in public libraries

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.

[Luxembourg] The BEE SECURE Trainer Label: assuring quality in online safety education

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.

[Portugal] Portuguese youth panel hosts online safety sessions for kids

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.

[Romania] Non-formal education week

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.

[Russia] Russia plans to introduce online safety into school curriculum

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.

[Spain] Convey digital education to children through schools

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.

Campaigns, training and resources

Insafe joins The Big March against bullying

The Insafe network has recently joined 'The Big March', the biggest anti-bullying campaign Europe has ever seen. Millions of children across Europe face the daily nightmare of being bullied, and we believe that no one should endure that pain, fear and isolation. In our overall aim to create a safer and better internet, we invite you to join The Big March too.

[Germany] Web We Want brochure officially launched in Germany

The internet opens doors to an exciting and lively world, with seemingly infinite possibilities to discover, communicate, be creative and develop a whole range of skills. Still, we are aware that the internet also has its pitfalls and these need to be avoided. As with any other aspect of a teenager's life, education is an important aspect of internet use in order to become responsible and competent users of online media. The 'Web We Want' resource can help, and it's now available in German.

[Iceland] Icelandic award-winning game in all Nordic languages

The Icelandic website recently came first in a European competition for best content for children. The award was announced on Safer Internet Day, which is celebrated internationally. The award ceremony was held in Brussels at a high-level event hosted by the European Commission. The site aims to stimulate literacy in mathematics and language in a safe internet environment.

[Ireland] The #Up2Us Anti-Bullying Kit

The #Up2Us Anti-Bullying Kit is a resource for Junior Cycle Social Personal Health Education (SPHE) teachers and students, launched on Safer Internet Day 2014. The aim of the kit is to empower post-primary students to address bullying, and in particular cyberbullying, in their local communities.

Events, conferences and competitions

[Estonia] Estonia examines the 'Turning point in education'

The Estonian Information Technology Foundation for Education is organising a conference on the theme 'Turning point in education', on 9-11 April 2014. The conference will focus on educational innovation and the various challenges it raises.

[Finland] International Conference on Media Education Futures, 8-9 May 2014, Tampere, Finland

The Finnish Safer Internet Centre (SIC) is co-organising an international conference on media literacies and media education. The conference will examine media literacies and future aspects of media education from various perspectives through keynote lectures, workshops, panel discussions and presentations, gathered from around the globe.

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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