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Insafe Newsletter Issue 47 - December 2009 (News Item)


Welcome to the latest edition of the Insafe newsletter. This issue has a special Christmas theme. Although Christmas can be lots of fun we need to know the potential of some of the gifts we buy young people and also ensure that they have our support in their online world just as they do in the offline world. Stay safe and see you in the new year.


Christmas Focus

Seasons Greetings from the Insafe network
The Insafe blog will be taking a breather for a couple of weeks and will be back in January 2010. Until then, please stay safe online and don't forget to Think B4U post!

[FINLAND] Finland hosts 24 hour Christmas Chat
The first Manteli (Almond) chat was arranged in 2003, and it has been arranged on a yearly basis ever since. It is a large scale 24 hour support chat that is organized during Christmas simultaneously in all relevant online services popular among children and young people.

[FRANCE] Kids know what they want for Christmas. Do they really know what is best for them?
A recent study from the Ministry of Family (IPSOS, Nov 2009) confirms the importance of video gaming in France, with 99% of 12-17 years old actually playing, 42% of those on a daily basis.

[SWEDEN] A big Swedish Merry Christmas from Eddie
Swedish cartoon star wishes everyone a happy holiday and teaches us some Swedish at the same time :)

[ITALY] Christmas online shopping tips from Italian organisation Adiconsum
It may be a little too late to do your festive shopping online but in any case here is a list of handy tips to ensure you don't get burnt by online scammers this Christmas. Of course, post Christmas these tips will still apply.

Facebook launches new privacy settings just in time for Christmas
While most of us are busy getting the last couple of Christmas gifts and arranging for the holidays Facebook has recently implemented new privacy settings.


Events & Highlights

Safer Internet Day 2010 - Think B4 U post
On 9 February 2010, Safer Internet Day will focus on privacy with the slogan "Think before you post!" and the aim of helping people make informed choices regarding the disclosure of their private information. As in previous years, one of the major events of SID 2010 will be worldwide competitions for young people aged 5 to 18 years. The 5 to 11 year group will be asked to create a poster on this year's theme whilst the 12 to 15 year olds will have to answer to quiz questions about their online activities and risk-handling strategies. Top scorers from both categories will win a special SID trophy and travel to a secret destination to receive their prize. As usual, hundreds of local, regional and national events are being organised in more than 60 countries across the world. Watch the Insafe network site at for information updates.

[UK] UK coalition of Government, industry and charities launches internet safety strategy to keep children safe online
UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) was set up in September 2008. It is made up of over 140 organisations, including Google, Microsoft, Bebo the NSPCC and CEOP.

Inhope's 10th anniversary
In November the INHOPE network of Internet Hotlines convened a special session to celebrate its 10th Anniversary in the fight against illegal content on the Internet.

[SWEDEN] Digital Tourist takes a tour round Sweden
During a conference day participants (digital tourists) will learn what children and young people - the digital natives - do online.


Studies & Surveys

[AUSTRIA] - 2009 study on mobile phones in the family in Austria released
A recent study shows: Mobile phones are both a safety factor and conflict potential within a family.

[SLOVENIA] Survey shows Slovenian children are unaware of hidden dangers of online communication
In Slovenia like other EU countries has seen an expansion of social networking sites. However, user awareness with regards to the protection of personal data protection can be low.

[BULGARIA] Only 35 % of Bulgarian teenagers care about online risks
Only 35 per cent of the users of a popular Bulgarian dating site declare they are acting carefully online despite that fact that they are aware of possible risks a recent survey showed.

[IRELAND] Webwise 2009 Survey of Children's Use of the Internet in Ireland
To mark Safer Internet Day, the National Centre for Technology in Education publishes results of a survey of 860 children between the ages of 9 and 16 years old in 37 schools around Ireland.


Online Safety in Schools

Get access to the best educational resources of the Insafe network
As a result of a vast investigation of the educational material landscape, the Insafe Resource Fair 2009 is now online. Organised to showcase awareness centres' very best resources, this fair displays one resource per country, accompanied by a description in English and in the national language.

[GREECE] Interview with Anna Pirounaki - ICT in Primary Schools
Find out more on the pedagogical dimension of ICT usage in the primary school.

[IRELAND] Think B4U click
A successful initiative from the Irish Awareness Centre – think B4U click – urges students to take responsibility for their own online privacy. Results of the 2009 webwise survey show that 45% of teens claim to use internet messaging services every day or almost every day, compared to one-in-ten in 2006.

Insafe launches back to school campaign
Back to school campaign successfully targets issues of validity and bias online and provides schools with resources to kick start online safety education.

Teachtoday now avoialable in English and German
A collaboration of the world’s leading communication providers is now available in English and German.


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