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Insafe's Annual Conference (News Item)


Promoting Internet Safety Globally: Connecting Generations

Venue: Golden Bay Beach Hotel, Larnaca, Cyprus

Date: 14, 15 & 16 May 2012 *

* Pre-Conference Event and workshop started at 2pm, Monday 14th May. All attendees were encouraged to attend. The main conference then took place on 15 & 16 May.

With the Digital Agenda at the fore and the EU Commissioner Kroes' coalition to make the internet a better place for children, 2012 will be a critical year in ensuring that every citizen is safe online.

The Conference provided a platform to:
  • Highlight cutting-edge research and trends emerging in the virtual arena;
  • Showcase, learn and exchange the good practice of Safer Internet Centres, Insafe's 'third country' Safer Internet Day (SID) Committees, Industry, academic and other partners across Europe to improve the safety of users;
  • Debate and investigate new challenges and solutions;
  • Take stock of the current situation as seen by young people, teachers and youth workers, psychologists, Insafe and Safer Internet Centres, and third country Safer Internet Day Committees, and with this information open meaningful and proactive lines of action for the road ahead;
  • Emerge from the Conference with the best ways to leverage the support of older generations across different cultures, sharing and using the knowledge and experience gained by research partners in Safer Internet Centres, National Awareness Centres and Insafe's 'third country' SID Committees;
  • Discuss and action how to pass the safety message baton to younger generations, so they can help their elders know more about current and future technology;
  • Gain momentum on better developing the resilience of young users so that they can better benefit from the huge array of opportunities the internet offers them socially, culturally, and educationally.
Who was at Insafe’s Annual Conference?

‘Connecting Generations’ united researchers and awareness raisers, educational professionals from teachers to those who develop curricula, to Industry, policy and decision-makers, counsellors and psychologists, and young people themselves, to understand and discuss issues related to life in the online world today. Insafe brought many of its "third country" partners, face-to-face with the Safer Internet Centre representatives to learn, share and exchange good practice.

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