Welcome to the 53rd edition of the Insafe newsletter. This month we take a look at handheld devices and location-based services, and the safety considerations these bring for children and young people.
In an article on children, mobile phones and internet safety, the GSMA outlines its programmes and initiatives designed to safeguard the use of mobile phones by children. It outlines the importance of self-regulatory frameworks and initiatives for industry, and highlights useful research and educational resources.
In a separate article, Teachtoday outlines its developing work on providing advice to education professionals about location services, both in terms of the messages they should be delivering to children and young people, and their own personal privacy and professional conduct.
With the usual roundup of news, events and competitions as we embark on a new school year, we hope you find this edition useful.
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. Forthcoming topics include online gaming and virtual realities, and internet governance from a youth perspective.
Children, mobile phones and online safety
As the use of mobile phones by children and young people continues to grow, mobile operators need to adopt a consistently responsible approach in order to protect and support younger users. The GSMA leads and participates in many initiatives which are designed to address issues related to child protection and the safer use of mobile phones by children and young people.
[UK and Germany] Teachtoday advises education professionals about location services
Staying ahead of how young people use new technologies can be a challenge for schools. Even if tech-savvy teachers text, blog and tweet, their students might use digital devices in very different ways. Teachtoday can help.
GSMA recently reported on the announcement from Facebook of its first move into location-based services with the launch of Places, an application which enables users to share their location and who they are with in real time from mobile devices.
Growth in membership of location-based services
GSMA have recently reported on the growth of location-based social networking service Foursquare to 2.6 million users, with 600,000 new users subscribing to the services in little over one month.
[Austria] Coming soon...new resource on mobile phones in schools
Saferinternet.at have developed a new resource on mobile phone in schools, which will be available from the end of September.
[Norway] Bipper: A new parental control service for mobile phones
This year a Norwegian company called Bipper launched a new safety solution for mobile phones for children. The solution is designed for parents who want better control of their child`s use of mobile phones. In this article, the Norwegian Awareness Centre comments on such services.
Looking forward to the year ahead...
September is here already, and offers the ideal opportunity to review the past six months, reset priorities and establish the agenda for the year ahead. The Insafe network enters its sixth year in October 2010 and has certainly come a long way since its launch in October 2004. During this time membership has grown from 10 to 30 Awareness Centres, and Insafe has integrated helplines and youth panels within its work, bringing the network closer to its main target of young people. Here we outline some of our plans for the year ahead.
[Poland] Sieciaki on Holidays 2010
Six holiday resorts, around 4,000 young participants, open air cinema, hip hop concerts, games and quizzes on internet safety, and many more attractions...this was the essence of the fifth edition of the Polish summer educational tour Sieciaki on Holidays.
Events and competitions
[Poland and Germany] 4th International Conference: Keeping Children and young people safe online, Warsaw: 28 - 29 September
The Polish and German Safer Internet Centres are holding the 4th International Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online Conference. The conference aims to raise awareness of the new challenges and opportunities in fighting online threats and to help share best practices across different sectors.
Hold the date: Safer Internet Day, 8 February 2011
Safer Internet Day is organised by Insafe in February each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world. The topic for 2011 is "our virtual lives" with the slogan "It's more than a game, it's your life".
Studies & Surveys
The Right Click: An agenda for creating a safer and fairer online environment for every child
The eNACSO Agenda for Action was launched in June 2010 and includes recommendations for governments, industry and other stakeholders on how to create a safer environment for children and young people.
Online Safety in schools
Back to School 2010
Following on from the success of the 2009 campaign, Insafe is pleased to announce the launch of Back 2 School 2010. This year the package for teachers will comprise a lesson plan on the importance and safe use of passwords, a pupil quiz, and a PowerPoint presentation which outlines some of the issues surrounding online safety.
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.