Welcome to the 58th edition of the Insafe newsletter, as we celebrate Safer Internet Day (SID) across Europe and the world over. Now in its eighth edition, Safer Internet Day has become a landmark event in the online safety calendar. This year’s Safer Internet Day looks at the topic of our virtual lives, built around the slogan “It’s more than a game, it’s your life”.
In this edition of the newsletter we showcase just a few of the many exciting activities which will be taking place to mark Safer Internet Day and raise awareness of online safety issues, both from our own national awareness centres and a little further afield. Also, some of our key corporate partners outline their commitment to Safer Internet Day, from Microsoft's employee volunteer scheme delivering online safety messages in the community, to an exciting new activity booklet for children aged 4-8 years - Play and learn: Being online
- developed by Insafe with the support of Liberty Global.
For further information on Safer Internet Day, please see the Insafe press release
, or visit the Insafe website
and the Safer Internet Day pages
. And to learn more about Safer Internet Day activities in your region or at the international level this year, check out the SID Fair
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
[Austria] Safer Internet Day 2011: More than 200 schools are taking part in a month of activity!
This year in Austria, online safety is not only promoted on Safer Internet Day, but during the whole month of February through a variety of activities. In cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture, all Austrian schools were invited to come up with their own safer internet activity.
[France] Celebrating Safer Internet Day in a virtual world!
As the 2011 edition of Safer Internet Day focuses on ‘virtual versus real life’, Internet Sans Crainte, the French Awareness Centre, felt it particularly appropriate to mobilise young people...in a virtual world! When contacted, Habbo France, a leading virtual world for young people aged 13-18 with over 1.5 million visitors per month, responded in a most enthusiastic way.
[Germany] Celebrating Safer Internet Day with a broad range of activities and events
Safer Internet Day 2011 is celebrated in Germany with over 100 events, workshops, online activities and broad media participation. Activities range from a conference of the Federal Ministry for Consumer Protection via information events of ministries of the states, through to workshops for pupils and parents’ evenings at schools all over Germany. It also sees the launch of a new pedagogical resource: 'Letīs talk about porn - adolescent sexuality, internet and pornography'.
[Romania] Saferpedia.eu – the first online encyclopedia for online safety!
On Safer Internet Day 2011, the Safer Internet RO Consortium will launch the online encyclopedia - Saferpedia.eu - covering terms relating to online safety, aimed at children, teens, teachers and parents all over the world.
[UK] Young People’s Symposium and Safer Internet Day Live
The new UK Safer Internet Centre is running various events to celebrate Safer Internet Day 2011. These include a Young People’s Symposium and Safer Internet Day Live - a marathon 12-hour internet radio programme featuring interviews with key experts from around the world offering hints, tips and suggestions to help make the internet a fun and safe place for you, your friends, family and colleagues.
[Canada] The door that’s not locked - a new online resource
Recognising that Safer Internet Day is now a truly global phenomena, we were pleased to hear from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection about its plans for the day with the launch of a new website called 'The door that's not locked'.
Microsoft mobilises employee volunteers to share the Safer Internet Day message
To celebrate Safer Internet Day 2011, and for the third year in a row, Microsoft subsidiaries across Europe will mobilise employee volunteers to educate children, teachers and parents on how to avoid the risks online. Through local partnerships, over 800 Microsoft volunteers in 26 countries throughout Europe will reach more than 90,000 people on online safety over the coming months, starting on SID.
News, campaigns and training
Pan-EU Youth opens its second youth consultation on ‘digital lives’
Last month we reported on Pan-EU Youth - a unique online platform aimed at young people between the ages of 14 and 18 where they can blog, vote and share videos on citizenship issues of concern to them. A second pan-EU Youth consultation launches on Safer Internet Day 2011. Addressing the issue of ‘digital lives’, this consultation hopes to discover what the digital lives of young people are really
Events and competitions
Share your good online safety practice in the 'Teacher of the month' competition
Do you recognise the importance of online safety? Have you been proactive - or are you planning to be - in promoting the responsible use of new media in your classroom? If so, Teachtoday wants to hear your story! The deadline for entries is 23 February 2011
Scientix European Conference
Book your place for the Scientix European Conference in Brussels, Belgium, on 6-8 May 2011
. The conference is a unique opportunity to learn more about different science education projects in Europe, get to know the people behind the projects, and share your expertise, knowledge and best practices with colleagues from across Europe.
Studies & Surveys
EU Kids Online launches new short report on risky communication online
EU Kids Online, the pan-European study which looked at risks and safety on the internet from the perspective of children aged 9-16 and their parents, has launched a new short report on risky communication online to coincide with Safer Internet Day 2011.
Video gamers in Europe 2010
ISFE, the Interactive Software Federation of Europe, has published a new European Consumer Survey. Titled Video gamers in Europe 2010
, it provides an interesting insight into the attitudes and motivations of gamers.
Online Safety in schools
Play and learn: Being online - new activity booklet for children aged 4-8 years
Play and learn: Being online
is a new 30-page collection of games and activities for children aged 4-8 years. The resource, developed by Insafe with the support of Liberty Global, provides young internet users with a glimpse of how technology can impact on their daily lives, and delivers basic messages for keeping safe online. The fun and engaging activities also help to develop basic language, mathematical, social and cultural skills.
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 Insafe Team.