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Latest edition - October 2014: eSafety policy and internet governance

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Editorial Issue 95 - October 2014

Welcome to the 95th edition of the Insafe newsletter.

Our focus this month is on eSafety policy and internet governance. In this newsletter we hear from several of our Safer Internet Centres on their approaches to developing eSafety policy, including developing media and information literacy (MIL) skills in Finland and new protocols for responding to bullying in the Netherlands.

Also this month, we have a report on Insafe’s involvement in the recent Internet Governance Forum (IGF). The voice of youth is always a key feature of the IGF and, this year, we were pleased to have two of our youth ambassadors with us to lead a pre event workshop on governance in a mobile social web.

Next month, the annual Safer Internet Forum (SIF) will take place in Brussels, Belgium. SIF is a major annual event in Europe that brings together policy-makers, researchers, law enforcement bodies, youth, parents and carers, teachers, NGOs, industry representatives, experts and other relevant actors from across the world to discuss the latest trends, risks and solutions related to child online safety. The focus of this year’s forum is Growing up Digitally. Read on to find out more and how to register.

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: eSafety policy and internet governance

[Czech Republic] October – Month of Cybersecurity and Cybersafety in Czechia

The ECSM (European Cybersecurity Month) - a pan-European campaign coordinated by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) and the European Commission, DG CONNECT - traditionally takes place in October. The aim of the ECSM is to promote discussion of topics related to cybersecurity and awareness in this area among European citizens.

[Denmark] Developing eSafety policy in Danish schools

Children and young people are using digital media like never before. Social media, in particular, occupies much of children's and young people’s time and has a great influence on their lives - at home, at school and at youth clubs. Schools have an important role to play in supporting children's and young people's online lives through the teaching of a positive, responsible and safe use of the internet and social media.

[Finland] Promoting Media and Information Literacy in Finland

In Finland, media and information literacy (MIL) is seen as a civic competence; important to every citizen from an early age. The term media education (mediakasvatus in Finnish) refers to the educational actions promoting MIL and the skills related to it. Here we take a look at how Finnish media education is promoted through national policies and in various organisations and projects, and get a taste of a few shining examples based on joint national efforts.

[Netherlands] Anti-Bullying Week and mandatory protocols

Every fourth week of September is the National Week Against Bullying in the Netherlands. The Netherlands doesn’t have many official policies on eSafety for kids (other than the law and regulation from EU Directives) but on the issue of bullying, the Ministry of Education has really made a statement. From 2015, it is not enough to just have an anti-bullying protocol at school; the programme used should be officially endorsed.

[UK] Developing an e-Safety policy

Too many policies in too many organisations sit on shelves and gather dust. Too often they are written by an individual in isolation from the rest of the organisation, meaning that employees (or students) are expected to agree to abide by a policy that they had no involvement in creating. This ‘top down’ approach is useful in certain situations, but can disenfranchise those who are expected to be models of good practice.

Campaigns, training and resources

Find online safety resources from across Europe in the Insafe resource repository

The Insafe network celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Over the years, the 31 European Safer Internet Centres which form the network have developed various educational resources aimed at helping teachers, parents and carers, and children and young people, among other relevant stakeholders, to discover the online word safely. Now you can access all of these resources in just one place via the Insafe resource repository.

Awarding the best resources of 10 years of Insafe

From 16-18 September 2014, the Insafe network met for its bi-annual training meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania. One of the training meeting traditions is to host a resource competition, where the network presents and votes on its best online safety resources. This meeting’s resource competition had a special note: as the Insafe network is celebrating its 10th anniversary, the network got the opportunity to vote for the best resource of the past 10 years.

Insafe Twitter session was a huge success

Every parent is faced with tricky questions when their child goes online. On the one hand, it is important for children to be able to explore the online world but parents also have genuine concerns regarding the safety and privacy of their children online. It can be difficult to find a suitable balance in such instances. To address this situation, Insafe, in association with Vodafone Qatar, organised a Twitter question and answer session.

Portuguese version of the Web We Want is now available

The Web We Want is an educational handbook for 13-16 year olds. It challenges teenagers to test their digital skills, learn more about their rights in the online world and to create tips and tools. It is a great resource for parents and teachers, and also for peer education on digital rights and opportunities. The handbook is now available in Portuguese, translated by the Portuguese Safer Internet Centre, Segura Net.

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 with a focus on 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.

eTwinning teachers support SID for a safer and better internet

Teachers are uniquely positioned to be able to equip children and young people with the digital literacy skills they require for today’s world. They can help make a difference by educating and informing children of the risks and opportunities online. The annual Safer Internet Day (SID) initiative is a reminder for us to be more involved in such campaigns to ensure the wellbeing of children and help them become responsible digital citizens.

European Schoolnet courses for teachers

The European Schoolnet Academy is a platform where you can learn about innovation in the school and classroom through online professional development courses for teachers in primary and secondary schools. A number of free courses are available during October and November 2014.

Events, conferences and competitions

Safer Internet Forum 2014, November 2014 - register now

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.

Youth Ambassador Noelia speaks on Safer Internet Forum

Here, we hear from Youth Ambassador Noelia on what motivated her to become involved in the debate on online safety issues.

Internet Governance Forum 2014: Insafe session report now available

The ninth edition on the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) took 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 selected Grace from Ireland and Nina from the UK to attend IGF and co-chair a pre-event on 1 September, entitled Governance in a mobile social web - finding the markers.

8th International Conference on ‘Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online' in Warsaw was a success

For the eighth time, the Polish and German Safer Internet Centres organised together the International Conference titled ‘Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online'. The event took place in Warsaw on 25-26 September 2014 and brought together more than 500 representatives from the education sector, NGOs, law enforcement, government and industry from Poland and abroad.

Research, reports and surveys

New UK report on children and parents media use and attitudes

Ofcom (the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries) has recently published the Children and Parents Media Use and Attitudes Report 2014, providing detailed evidence of media use, attitudes and understanding among children and young people aged 5-15 and their parents. It also includes information about the access to, and use of, media among young children aged 3-4.

Children’s online behaviour: issues of risk and trust - qualitative research findings

Also recently published by Ofcom is a qualitative research report titled Children's online behaviour: issues of risk and trust. Children aged 8 to 17 were interviewed about their understanding of risks around sharing personal data and information, and how much trust they have in different aspects of online content or services. The research was conducted by Sherbert Research for Ofcom, and used an innovative methodology to build a rounded picture of children’s attitudes and behaviours in these areas.

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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