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  Better Internet for Kids - Bulletin Insafe & InHope  
 
 
  Welcome to the fourth edition of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) bulletin. This quarterly bulletin aims to keep you informed of safer and better internet issues and opportunities across Europe and beyond. In each edition, we’ll bring you a mix of news, research and resources from many of the key stakeholders in keeping children and young people safe online, be they European Safer Internet Centres, research organisations, industry partners, policy makers or experts in the field.

As this is the last BIK bulletin of 2015, we’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers a great festive period. We’ll be back with the next edition of the BIK bulletin in March 2016 but, in the meantime, keep an eye on the Better Internet for Kids portal for all the latest news and updates. We also hope that lots of you will also join us to celebrate Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, 9 February 2016.

If you would like to forward this newsletter to a friend or a colleague, please do so using the link at the top of this message or encourage them to subscribe to receive future editions direct.

And if you have any comments on this resource, or would like to contribute to a future edition of the BIK bulletin, please contact us.
 
 
   
  Intro  
   
   
  About the Better Internet
for Kids Project
 
   
 
     
 
   
  Under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the European Commission is co-funding a range of better/safer internet services, both at the European and the national level. Building on the European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children as published in 2012, the BIK core service platform aims to bring together European stakeholders in the field to work collaboratively in achieving the goal of a better internet for all. This bulletin is just one of a range of tools and services planned over the coming months.  
   
 
 
 
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Children’s rights online
 
   
 
 
  In each edition of the BIK bulletin we look at a topical issue – this month we look at children’s rights online.

Over the last few months, various key experts and stakeholders in the Better Internet for Kids field have given their take on the rights children and young people have in shaping the digital world in which they grow up.

One important (and timely) contribution came in the form of a One in three: internet governance and children’s rights paper published by Sonia Livingstone, John Carr and Jasmina Byrne, in which they firmly argue that that, within this context, “the legal status of children below the age of 18 should be distinctively recognised and addressed. This is because:
  • they are legal minors and so cannot enter into contracts or licenses, explicit or implicit (as often occurs on the internet), nor are they easily able to seek redress or have redress sought against them;
  • they often use online services not targeted toward them but rather to adults, or where site or service providers are unaware of or negligent of their status;
  • they have particular educational and informational needs that are not readily met through provision for the general population;
  • they lack sufficient internet (and other) literacies to fully grasp the demands and norms of the online environment (where buyer beware generally holds sway over seller beware); and
  • they (and their parents) generally do not understand the data collected from them or otherwise held concerning them, whether directly or indirectly (as ‘big data’), nor is provision made specifically to inform them or to provide redress.”
Elsewhere in this BIK Bulletin, you will read a more detailed account of their line of reasoning. As we warmly share the view that deliberations over how the internet is shaped should indeed factor in child and youth perspectives, we will use this focus piece to provide some examples on how this might actually happen in practice.
 
 
 
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Latest helpline trends
 
   
 
 
  The Insafe network of helplines collects data about the types of calls that they receive and this is analysed every three months to look at trends and new and emerging issues. The most recent data collection covered the period from July – September 2015 inclusive and saw 9,567 contacts which all related to online issues. Some interesting trends emerged – the number of calls concerning cyberbullying, for example, has reduced again during this reporting period and is now at the lowest level for the past three years.  
 
 
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The new Better Internet for Kids portal is now online
 
   
 
We’re pleased to announce that the new Better Internet for Kids portal is now live.

This public-facing web platform provides a central point of access for the general public and wider stakeholders for information, guidance and resources on better internet issues, acting as a signposting service to the European network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs), and other content and services where appropriate. Specific tools and resources are also provided through the site such as the Better Internet for Kids bulletin, a guide to online services, a repository of eSafety resources and a video gallery, while blogs and articles are uploaded near daily.
 
 
   
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Focus on… our new guide to online services
 
   
 
Following the launch of the new Better Internet for Kids portal in October 2015, we’re pleased to announce a whole range of new content and services to help create a better internet for children and young people, including a Guide to online services.

The guide aims to provide key information about some of the most popular apps, social networking sites and other platforms which are commonly being used by children and young people (and adults) today, ranging from browser games and chat apps to video-sharing sites and live-streaming apps.

Each entry provides an overview of the service, information on the minimum recommended age of the user, and direct links to various information and support pages. In many cases, you’ll also find a range of linked resources and tip sheets from our network of European Safer Internet Centres, often in a variety of languages too.

We aim to update and expand the guide regularly. Please let us know if there is a particular app or service you’d like us to include.
 
 
   
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Showcasing the best eSafety resources from across Europe
 
   
 
Earlier in December 2015, the Insafe network met for its biannual training meeting. Such meetings provide members of the network with an opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience about the latest online issues and trends, and share awareness-raising resources and campaigns.

The training meeting also played host to a resource competition, designed to showcase the best resources from across the European network of Safer internet Centres (SIC). Following some fierce competition, the Finnish resource ‘Digital Gold Miners’ was crowned the winner. The resource provides information and activities regarding big data on the internet, with a particular focus on how data is collected from internet users and how it might be subsequently used – view it here (in English).
 
 
   
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European Youth Panel 2015
 
   
 
Young people from across Europe met for the 7th edition of the European Youth Panel (YEP) which took place in Luxembourg in October 2015. In total 10 young people, selected from their national youth panels to represent their peers and to share their ideas, thoughts and comments with the stakeholders, were present at the Safer Internet Forum (SIF).

Find out what young people themselves have to say about their experience.
 
 
   
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One in three: internet governance and children’s rights
 
   
 
In November 2015, the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) focused on the theme of ‘policy options for connecting the next billion’. Following publication of her co-authored report ‘One in three: internet governance and children’s rights’, Professor Sonia Livingstone discusses how internet governance needs to consider the specific rights and needs of children, both in terms of protection from harm as well as the right to access and use digital media.
 
 
   
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Young people’s sexual rights and risks online
 
   
 
Sonia Livingstone shares the core findings and recommendations from her new report on young people’s sexual rights and risks online. She argues that we can no longer plead embarrassment or worries about pornography as the reasons why we as a society fail to educate, support and provide young people with the sexual information they have a right to. Read Sonia’s blog post here.

See the full report:
Livingstone, S., and Mason, J. (2015) Sexual rights and sexual risks among youth online: A review of existing knowledge regarding children and young people’s developing sexuality in relation to new media environments. Rome: eNACSO, the European NGO Alliance for Child Safety Online. Available on the eNACSO website.
 
 
   
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Protecting children’s rights by preventing bullying
 
   
 
Everyone has the right to feel safe, to be treated fairly and with respect. Bullying, as a form of violence that is especially prevalent among children and adolescents, can rob them of these rights. ENABLE (European Network Against Bullying in Learning and Leisure Environments) aims to tackle bullying in a holistic way, helping young people exercise their fundamental rights in the home, school, class and community.

In October, ENABLE published Bullying in Schools: a summary of research and anti-bullying initiatives.
 
 
   
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Young children and digital technology: a love story that challenges parents
 
   
 
From a very early age, gaming and video watching on a variety of internet-connected devices are among children's favourite activities. But children are little aware of what the internet is, what ‘online’ means, what risks they can encounter and what benefits they can gain. Parents see digital technologies as positive but, at the same time, find managing their use challenging. They perceive digital technologies as something problematic that needs to be carefully regulated and controlled and would appreciate advice on fostering children’s online safety. This emerges from the exploratory findings of the research project ‘Young children (0-8) and digital technology’.
 
 
   
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Roundup from Parenting for a Digital Future
 
   
 
Since launching in March 2015, the ‘Parenting for a Digital Future’ blog has surpassed expectations, with guest contributors from around the world and posts from the Parenting for a Digital Future team giving you wrap-ups of the latest news, research and advice about parenting, children and technology.

Read the latest updates here, including the lives of tweens and teens, how social media changes the nature of school taunting, and opportunities for sexual education and exploration online. The blog also considers changes in the media lives of younger ones, whether Angry Birds make for angry children, and whether there is such a thing as ‘good' screen time for very young children.
 
 
   
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Net Children 2020 – A roadmap
 
   
 
Members of the EU Kids Online network organised and contributed to the conference ‘Net Children 2020 – Growing up with Media’ in Berlin in April 2015. The conference was funded by the German Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and held in cooperation with the Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research. The results of this highly-interactive conference have been summarised in a report titled ‘Roadmap Net Children 2020’. The document draws attention to new challenges in the field of media education and the protection of minors against negative media experiences, and provides an agenda for policies, research, and NGOs in Europe in order to support children’s development in these different roles.

Several events planned for the coming months will refer to this roadmap, develop it further and assess the progress that has been made in improving children’s conditions for growing up with media.
 
 
   
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Helping parents to help keep their kids safe online
 
   
 
With the festive season upon us, many children and young people are likely to receive tech-related gifts. Here, one of our industry contacts, Kaspersky Lab, has put together a few tips on how parents can help their kids stay safe online… at Christmas or indeed any time of the year!
 
 
   
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Play your part on Safer Internet Day 2016
 
   
 
Safer Internet Day (SID) is just around the corner! This annual celebration seeks to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world. SID 2016 will be celebrated on Tuesday 9 February 2016 with a theme of 'Play your part for a better internet!'.

Visit the new Safer Internet Day website at www.saferinternetday.org to discover the many events and activities taking place across the globe to mark the day, and find out what’s happing near you! You’ll also find a gallery of resources to use in any educational activities you might be planning.

Join us also in our SID 2016 Twitter challenge to tell us how you’ll be playing your part… and encourage others to do similar!

And look out in early January 2016 for the launch of our Thunderclap to make a ‘big noise’ online about better internet issues on the day itself.
 
 
   
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Promoting a better internet for kids across the globe
 
   
 
Recent months have marked the traditional internet governance ‘season’ worldwide, with two landmark annual events taking place: the Safer Internet Forum (SIF) taking place in Luxembourg in October 2015, closely followed by the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Brazil in November.

The joint Insafe-INHOPE networks were present at both to promote the important work taking place across Europe in creating a safer and better internet for children and young people.

Read more on the Better Internet for Kids portal including our round up from IGF and a ‘View from the booth’.
 
 
   
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KyberFEST for children in the Czech Republic…
 
   
 
The KyberFEST festival recently took place in the Czech Republic, tacking online security issues in both a serious and humorous way. It was a great success – more than 800 children attended the Municipal public library of Prague on 20 November 2015 where the event took place.
 
 
   
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The Czech Safer Internet Centre (SIC) traditionally organises a professional conference in the Prague City Hall in the framework of the ‘Praha - safe online’ annual campaign. This year, 140 professionals attended the event. A full City Council meeting of the Prague Municipality unequivocally confirmed that cybercrime and online security are key issues of concern. And it’s no wonder: in the words of representatives of the Ministry of Interior, cybercrime is the only area of crime that has recorded a steady increase in recent years.
 
 
   
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