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Insafe Newsletter Issue 51 - May 2010 (News Item)


Welcome to the 51st issue of the Insafe newsletter. This month we take a look at how our network spreads the message of internet safety to the youngest members of our society.

With the internet becoming an integral part of our family home we must ensure that all users know the risks and proper usage. The Insafe network have come up with many exciting ways to capture the imagination and attention of the little ones out there, the surfing toddlers!

We need to make sure that internet safety is as ubiquitous as road safety, taught not only in schools but also via parents as they nurture their young into an ever more ITC orientated world. We look at cartoons, story books, games, lesson plans, events and research - all leading to a safer web for young and old. Of course, all this is useless unless parents take home the fact that dialogue with their children is vital. These are all just aids to kick off the conversation. The worst thing a parent could do is suppose that if a child is spending hours on the computer they are safe and at least they know where their kids are. Parents must engage their children on the issues.



[Sweden] The Emerging Media Toddlers book
Is television really harmful to the youngest children? In what ways have the internet habits of Swedish toddlers changed during the 2000s decade? How much television do Chilean pre-schoolers watch? How did the Lord of the Rings trilogy affect children’s television in New Zealand? These questions and more are answered in the new anthology The Emerging Media Toddlers (2010).



[Cyprus] eSafety Fairytales - adventures of Cyber and Ethics
The Cyprus Insafe Awareness Center, Cyberethics, has created materials to enhance the knowledge of the young users on internet dangers. They call this material ‘fairytales’ since each illustration package represents a story where their protagonists Cyber and Ethics face different challenges while using the internet and mobile phones.
[Greece] eSafety quizzes for kids
For the young internet users, the Greek Insafe Awareness Centre has created a special zone under its portal In this entertainment zone, the kids can find four interactive quizzes on internet safety; netiquette, mobile, chat, and online safety general knowledge.
[UK] Lee and Kim: the cartoon, the storybook and the lesson plans
Early awareness of the risks online can prepare young children for safe enjoyment of the internet as they get older. In response the UK Insafe Awareness Centre developed ‘Lee and Kim...’ cartoon, storybook and lesson plans to tackle these issues in the classroom.


Events and competitions

[Bulgaria] Flashboy to the rescue!
On 15 May, the UN Day of the Family, the Bulgarian Insafe Awareness Centre organised a Famillathlon - an outdoor event for children and parents. Their mascot Flashboy attended to lend a hand.
[Czech Republic] Bambiriada - Czech Republic’s most popular event for families
Traditionally, Bambiriada is the most popular event for children and parents at the end of the May. This year it opened doors on May 20-23 in 13 Czech cities around the country with the main happening in Prague. The event was organized for the 13th time by the Czech Council of Children and Youth. The Czech Insafe Awareness Centre played an active role in Bambiriada 2010.
[Romania] Youth Panel Summer School in Dracula’s mountains
In the summer of 2010, between 11 and 17 July, the Romanian Awareness Centre will host their Youth Panel International Summer School. This will be the second meeting of the Summer School organized in Romania for the Youth Panel. The event will be extended to include Youth Panel representatives from other Insafe Awareness Centres along with the winners of the European Quiz for Safer internet Day 2010 and Insafe members.
[Netherlands] Danah Boyd talks social networks, privacy and publicity
Danah Boyd who is working at Microsoft Research New England and is also a research fellow at the Berkman Centre for internet and Society at Harvard University, gave a keynote address at the University of Tilburg on the 7 April. She notably tried to clarify what it means to navigate in an ever-shifting public landscape, where privacy is more and more breached.


Studies & Surveys

[Hungary] Report on the relationship of 12 to 17 year olds and the media This Hungarian study reveals information on the habits of youngsters media use; their preference regarding media devices, contents and models. The report also discusses mediatory behaviour of parents related to media and the scale of values of young people.
[Armenia] eSafety and media literacy survey by the Media Education Center
Nearly 60% of Armenian parents consider cybercrime a risk in their everyday life and are convinced that media literacy taught at school from early years can better protect children from this and other risks encountered online. 60% of parents say media literacy should be taught as a separate subject at school. This article was provided by Narine Khachatryan of the Media Education Center, Armenia.
[Sweden] Study on sexual exploitation and interactive media
The report See Me (Se Mig) is a study among young people between 13 and 25 years of age on their experiences of, and attitudes towards, sexual exploitation via interactive media.
[Germany] klicksafe's Social Network guidelines: facebook, studiVZ & wkw
In Germany Social Communities are a big topic and enjoy great popularity, especially within the group of 12 to 19 year olds – according to JIM study 2009, 70% of that age group use online communities like Myspace daily or several times a week.


Online Safety in schools

[Bulgaria] A lesson about safe internet use during the summer vacations
On 20 May, the Bulgarian Insafe Awareness Centre and two Sofia schools organised an interactive lesson for 48 second graders to discuss safer internet use during the summer vacations. The 8-year olds succeeded in defining three main functions of the internet - entertainment, information and socialization, as well as most of the risks connected to each of the functions.
[Bulgaria] Educational game for primary schools
The Bulgarian Insafe Awareness Centre has been targeting the youngest internet users with an educational safer internet computer game – I am Online. The game is a combination of quest and quiz and was developed jointly with a partnering web portal site for kids – Pupils, aged 15-16 years old, helped develop the idea and scenario of the game.


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 web editor.

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