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Insafe Newsletter Issue 65 - October 2011 (News Item)


Welcome to the 65th edition of the Insafe newsletter. This month we focus on youth engagement.

What better way to engage young people than to get them directly involved in discussion, debate and decision-making about the issues that affect them? Insafe youth panels are a key mechanism for this. In this month’s edition, we hear from Nick, a Year 10 student from the UK and youth panel member, about his experiences at a recent online safety Summer School in Romania.

Equally, one of the key challenges for engaging children and young people is to understand their actions, attitudes and concerns when using new technology. Recently published research from the EU Kids Online project includes a list of the top 10 myths about online safety for children to show how many peoples’ knowledge of online dangers are out of date.

Also this month, a number of our national awareness centres update us on their awareness-raising campaigns for engaging children and young people, while our colleagues in the UK share exciting news on how their youth panel members are providing their views at national and international forums.

Next month we’ll be focusing on cyberbullying, and in a cross-over between this month’s theme and next, we hear from colleagues in Bulgaria about a survey looking at attitudes to e-aggression from the perspective of students, and their parents and teachers.

And, as always, you’ll also 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.

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. And if you’ve found this newsletter useful, why not forward it on to a friend or colleague and encourage them to subscribe too? Subscribe via the newsletter page on the Insafe website.


Focus... Youth engagement

eSafety and my visit to Romania…experiences of a youth panelist!
This year, Insafe sent 15 participants to Summer School, an annual event organised by the Romanian Safer Internet Centre to bring together members of youth panels from across Europe. Here, Nick, a Year 10 student in the South West of England, writes about his experience.

Online dangers for children – report exposes the top 10 myths of online safety
One of the key challenges for engaging children and young people is to understand their actions, attitudes and concerns when using new technology. Researchers recently published a list of the top 10 myths about online safety for children to show how many peoples’ knowledge of online dangers are out of date.

[Austria] Spotlight on awareness raising in primary schools
In October 2011, will launch a new resource called “Safer internet in primary school”. The 68-page handbook gives primary school teachers a profound overview of the most important safer internet issues for children aged six to nine. Apart from practical information, real-life examples and useful tips on each topic, the handbook includes 11 hands-on exercises that can easily be used in the classroom.

[Bulgaria] A new perspective on e-aggression: fun with a twist
One of the most challenging aspects of digital society is its ambiguous social norms, such as online aggression. To explore further this phenomenon, the Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre conducted online surveys among 213 students, aged 12 to 18, 33 parents and 1,033 teachers about their perception of e-aggression.

[Czech Republic] Growing closer to young people
The Czech National Safer Internet Centre has moved to new address. In principle the address is not important. What is crucial for us? We have enough space now to accommodate activities of the Youth Information Centre.

[Czech Republic] Forum 2000 and dialogue between generations
The Forum 2000 was founded in 1996 as a joint initiative of the former Czech President Václav Havel, Japanese philanthropist Yohei Sasakawa, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel. This year, the event invites children to describe their experience with on- and off-line communication with older generations and should confront the positions of adults on the safe use of the internet.

[Denmark] Internet governance according to the youth - a report from IGF
The sixth Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was held at the UN headquarters in Kenya, Nairobi in September 2011. Here, one of our colleagues from the Danish Safer Internet Centre reports on the event and, in particular, the involvement of young people themselves in the lively and passionate debate.

[Germany] klicksafe at YOU fair in Berlin with successful button campaign
In September 2011, the ‘YOU’ fair took place in Berlin, Germany. As the biggest youth fair in Europe, it includes four different areas: music, sports, lifestyle and education. klicksafe, the German Internet Awareness Centre, was there to talk with young people, with a special focus on Facebook.

[Slovakia] We are not lost online!
The Safer Internet Centre in Slovakia, led by eSlovensko, supported a project in cooperation with the City of Považská Bystrica. In ‘We are not lost online!’, the aim of the activities was to deliver children and young people eSafety messages in a non-formal way and also gain the attention of their parents.

[Spain] Connecting Spanish youth panels
Engaging children and young people in the online safety debate has become one of the major challenges in the Safer Internet Centre of Spain, while the common objective of the whole Insafe network. In this sense, Protégeles is setting up a wider and more representative model of youth panel in the country.

[UK] UK Safer Internet Centre Youth Panel to inform Government internet safety policy
Childnet have been invited to facilitate a youth panel for Ministers leading the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) so that they can hear directly from young people about their views around internet safety.

[UK] UK youth participate in the International Governance Forum in Nairobi
Childnet's Youth IGF Project is now in its third year of bringing the voice of youth to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). This September, eight young people from the UK travelled to the IGF in Nairobi, taking part in panel discussions and presenting their own ideas about internet governance.


Campaigns, training and resources

Discover the latest online safety resources from the Insafe network
The latest resource catalogue from the Insafe network contains information on a wide range of online safety resources for teaching and learning from across Europe.

[Czech Republic] The importance of education in combatting cybercrime
The Czech National Safer Internet Centre has launched a project called “Prague safe online”. Based on discussion and interactivity, a series of workshops will offer best practices in terms of using the internet safely and protecting ourselves, as well as our children, from the risks and pathological phenomena online, with a particular emphasis on combatting cybercrime.

[Germany] New klicksafe teaching module: Downloading, copying, exchanging, uploading: What users need to know about copyright in the digital world
Copyright on the internet is a topic that pupils should be aware of. Teachers now have a new lesson module from the EU initiative klicksafe for addressing the topic in schools. Under the title “Not everything that is possible is allowed” the brochure, created in cooperation with, offers practice-related support and work sheets.

[Slovakia] Sheeplive reaches millions on public transport
The popular animated stories, Sheeplive, have made it onto public transportation in Slovakia. As part of its dissemination activities, eSlovensko, which runs the awareness centre in Slovakia, offered nine existing episodes of the cartoons, covering different areas of safer internet issues, to public transportation companies in the country.


Events and competitions

Safer Internet Forum 2011
The 2011 edition of the Safer Internet Forum will take place on 20 and 21 October in Luxembourg under the theme "Every European Child Digital Safely – Emerging Challenges and Youth Engagement".

Safer Internet Day 2012 – register online to stay up to date
Next year, Safer Internet Day (SID) will take place on Tuesday 7 February 2012 and will be centred on the theme Connecting generations and educating each other with the slogan “Discover the digital world together...safely!”. New for 2012, SID now has its own dedicated website at where you can find all the information you need about SID past and present.


Studies & Surveys

EU Kids Online launches final report
The final report from the EU Kids Online project was launched in September 2011 at the project conference in London. The report makes a series of recommendations to governments, industry, children, parents and teachers which range from a call for more user-friendly parental controls and online safety features, to ensuring children also lead a rich life away from the computer.

Digital Agenda: further action needed to safeguard children
In September 2011, the European Commission published a report reviewing how Member States are implementing EU recommendations ensuring children can enjoy the digital world confidently and safely.

Norton Cybercrime Report: what is driving the cybercrime increase?
Each year, for the past four, Norton has delved deeper into the far-reaching negative affects of cybercrime on real people as well as tried to get a pulse on how the security implications of new emerging technologies and trends are shaping the way people use the internet. The 2011 Cybercrime Report has recently been published.


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.

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