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Latest edition - December 2014/January 2015: Looking back at 2014... and looking forward to 2015

Editorial Issue 97 - December 2014/January 2015

Welcome to the 97th edition of the Insafe newsletter, as yet another year draws to a close.

In this edition of the newsletter, several of our Safer Internet Centres look back at their successes over the last year and share their plans for the future as we speed towards Safer Internet Day (SID) 2015. This annual celebration will see the Insafe network and other stakeholders across the globe join together once again to help create a safer - and better - internet.

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 eSafety issues and opportunities.

On that note, we wish you a happy, restful and safe festive season. As this is a combined edition of the Insafe newsletter for December and January, you will hear again from Insafe in early February 2015 just in time for SID.

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: Looking back at 2014... and looking forward to 2015

[Germany] Explanatory movies on social media services by klicksafe

In addition to its website and printed publications, the German Awareness Centre, klicksafe, offers explanatory movies on popular social media services such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram. The short clips visualise different aspects of these services including opportunities and risks, but also give tips on how to use them in a safe and competent way.

[Greece] Art at the service of online safety: MEDEA award for the movie ‘To Pantopoleion’

The already-awarded movie ‘To Pantopoleion’ (Odysseus Award 2013, London Greek Film Festival) recently received another distinction: the ‘MEDEA Audience Favourite Prize’. The fictional movie, co-produced by Safer Internet Hellas and Art Productions, presents the internet metaphorically as a traditional goods store, where everything is abundantly offered without any restrictions. In this way it tackles, in a humorous manner, major online safety issues.

[Hungary] Remarkable changes in Hungary in the field of information security

Information security is regulated by law in Hungary and, since 2013, it is obligatory to employ an information security specialist in public administration and to provide retraining for this person. As a result, a course at the National University of Public Service was started. Also, within the EC Safer Internet Programme, approximately 100 students, future teachers, youth workers and charity employees have taken part in a training about safer internet and information security.

[Luxembourg] BEE curious

BEE SECURE has been very busy in 2014. Our main challenge has been to communicate a whole bunch of facts to the public so that everyone gets and keeps the message: Take care of you, your data and your devices. For BEE SECURE, it’s always important to find a playful way to communicate what a problem consists of and how it can be solved. Within this framework, the events for 2014 were planned.

[Slovenia] A Christmas gift from new fun resources for children and teens

In December,, the Slovenian Safer Internet Centre, is launching some new, attractive resources for children and young people to help promote safer and better internet issues. Resources include a puzzle for teens, a poster and origami game, and stickers featuring the Slovakian SEJFKO character.

[United Kingdom] Have yourself a merry, techy Christmas

Whether it’s a new gaming device, a SciFi watch, Bluetooth earmuffs, Google Cardboard or the latest smartphone, one thing’s for certain: Christmas is inevitably going to be awash with the hottest new gizmos and gadgets this year. According to Ofcom in the UK, nearly half of children aged 5-7 have a games console in their bedroom, rising to seven in ten for 8-15 year olds. That’s why we’re all for proactive parenting and testing out any new devices beforehand, avoiding any untimely techno tragedies.

Campaigns, training and resources

Are you set for Safer Internet Day 2015?

The next edition of Safer Internet Day (SID) is fast approaching. Taking place on Tuesday 10 February 2015, it will build on the success of last year's campaign with the theme of ‘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 marking the day and working together to build a better internet for all, but particularly for children and young people.

Thematic Network POSCON launches final report and further publications on positive online content for kids

POSCON (Positive Online Content and Services for Children in Europe), the EC-funded thematic network, has published its final report, giving detailed information about the outcomes and results of the two-year project. The aim of the project was to provide criteria and a checklist for positive online content and services for children, a comprehensive overview of the landscape of positive content for children in Europe, as well as methods for financing and promoting positive online content.

LogOut: Offering help for excessive use of online media

Online games and other forms of excessive use of online media are mostly not recognised as a problem which can lead to many serious health, social and behavioural issues. LogOut is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth and families by providing the treatment, help, information and education they need for a healthy and balanced life in a world of media and technology.

Events, conferences and competitions

Safer Internet Forum 2014 report now available!

This year’s edition of the Safer Internet Forum provided a unique space for dialogue between more than 260 participants from approximately 40 countries. A highlight of the event included youth- and industry-driven sessions to identify emerging trends and issues related to child online safety. The full report from the Forum including a graphic recording of the event is now available, focusing on the highlights of the sessions and debates.

Youth feedback from Safer Internet Forum 2014

At the Youth Panel and Safer Internet Forum events, youth from across Europe voiced their opinions on current online trends and issues. Read feedback on the events from a few young participants here.

Raising eSafety awareness at the annual eTwinning conference

Over 500 teachers from 39 different countries recently attended the annual eTwinning Conference in Rome (27-29 November 2014), which focused on exploring how eTwinning can open up education to promote creativity and innovative practices in both teaching and learning. Members of the Insafe Coordination Team were there to raise awareness of safer and better internet issues.

Research, reports and surveys

Good Practice Guide 2014 is now available

Insafe has recently published its Good Practice Guide for 2014 focusing on how the network deals with online relationships, including issues related to friendship, love, dating sites, sexting and sextortion, as well as gender violence and stereotypes. The report is based on data collected from Safer Internet Centres (SICs) from the 31 countries in the Insafe network, with the aim of detecting emerging trends and their evolution across Europe.

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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