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  Better Internet for Kids - Bulletin Insafe & InHope  
 
 
  Welcome to the seventh 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.

Additionally, in this edition, we open registration for the annual Safer Internet Forum (SIF), taking place in Luxembourg on Thursday, 24 November 2016 – see the 'Events and campaigns' section below for more information.

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  About the Better Internet
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  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 provided. Keep following us across all BIK communication channels - see links in the footer of this email.  
   
 
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  In each edition of the BIK bulletin, we look at a topical issue – this month our focus is on a ‘better internet for schools’, with a special Back2School edition to coincide with the start of a new academic year.

For teachers, parents and pupils, the start of the new school year can bring a mixture of anticipation, anxieties and, for some, fear. Children worry about the dynamics of a new friendship group, a new teacher or school, teachers struggle to understand the latest requirements and demands that have been placed on them, and parents desperate to have happy children will often ensure that they are equipped with the very latest technology.

More than ever, when dealing with online safety issues we all need to be working in partnership. Pupils, parents and teachers all need to engage in an ongoing, meaningful dialogue and young people need to feel that they are in an environment where they will receive appropriate support and advice if something goes wrong. As soon as we begin to talk about ‘online’ the boundaries can be blurred: Who is responsible? When does the school take over from parents, and vice-versa?

The good news is, you are not alone and there are a variety of tools and resources to help schools and professionals, and the wider school community, to navigate online safety challenges effectively. In this edition of the BIK bulletin, you’ll find a range of useful content and articles to help you to establish a ‘better internet approach’ in your school or learning environment.

The start of a new school year provides a perfect opportunity to review the readiness of the school to deal with online safety issues, and tools such as the eSafety Label and 360 degree safe can help. On completion of a self-assessment process, schools will receive a personalised action plan which will enable them to further develop their level of eSafety practice. They can also see where their school stands compared to other schools.

Beyond these tools, there are a range of other resources which can help you. We’ve outlined a few below…

For starters, as part of our own Back2School campaign, we’ve gathered together a whole host of resources for promoting online safety in the classroom from across the Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs) in our resource Tour of Europe. Many of our SICs have highlighted a particularly pertinent resource which you may wish to use with pupils to raise awareness of how to stay safe and responsible online, covering a myriad of issues from cyberbullying to sexting, and from digital media literacy to online extremism.

Safer Internet Centres often provide dedicated Back2School campaigns also, such as a collection of actions and activities in the Netherlands to encourage media literacy, and top tips for parents as children head back to school from the UK Safer Internet Centre. Find your country-based Safer Internet Centre and explore their services and resources further here.

Many other organisations also provide Back2School campaigns with a variety of useful resources which can be adapted for local use. Examples include:
  • Common Sense Media, although having its roots in the US, provides Your ultimate guide for back to school with useful hints and tips for teachers and parents the world over. It offers practical advice on how to avoid the season's buying frenzy, recommendations for useful educational tools, and tips on helping your teen navigate the social media landscape. It also poses questions such as ‘What can schools do to prevent cyberbullying?’ and ‘What are the rules about using mobile phones in schools?’.
     
  • FOSI (the Family Online Safety Institute) has created a resource as part of its Good Digital Parenting (GDP) guide covering topics such as understanding student data privacy, a digital reputation checklist, tips on raising good digital citizens, a tech education guide and an educational apps guide.
     
  • Internet Matters hosts a Back2School campaign providing a downloadable guide to help users ‘start the school year safe online’. It also provides some handy guides to encourage students to set app privacy settings on Instagram, Snapchat and WhatsApp as part of the new term preparation.
     
  • Through its Back2School campaign, NetSmartz, the interactive, educational programme of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC), encourages us to make sure kids know the ABCs of digital citizenship this year.
More generally, the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal is a great resource to support you in your online safety teaching and awareness raising, all year round. The traditional media, newspapers and TV are littered with references to online safety stories. These can provide an excellent opportunity for parents and teachers to engage with young people in a meaningful dialogue about how to stay safe online, and to discuss some of the challenges and dangers. The BIK portal showcases many of the latest stories and research, and can provide a good source of information to stimulate discussion and debate. Presumably if you’re reading this, you’ve already subscribed to the quarterly Better Internet for Kids (BIK) bulletin, providing a roundup of the latest news, but why not encourage colleagues and contacts to subscribe too.

In addition to the Tour of Europe outlined above, the BIK resource gallery contains almost 500 resources in a range of languages from across the Insafe network covering a wide variety of online safety issues, often with links to other useful content. Rather than working through the’ noise’ of a general internet search for resources, you can be assured that resources found here have been created by experts in the field, often with input from youth panellists to ensure that they are fit for purpose and reflect the real issues young people are faced with online today.

Part of the online safety challenge is awareness. Teachers and parents should be aware of what young people are actually doing when they go online. Which apps and platforms are they using? Are there any risks to be aware of? Again, the BIK portal can help with its Guide to online services which provides information about the latest apps being used, along with links to safety and privacy information.

And finally, young people need to recognise that they also have a role to play: they need to be responsible users of technology and look out for their peers online, seeking help and support on their behalf when necessary. A great way to get young people involved is through taking part in the annual Safer Internet Day (SID) campaign. The next Safer Internet Day will take place on Tuesday, 7 February 2017 with celebrations taking place right across the globe. The theme for the day is ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’, so why not make this a focus of class-based discussions? Start the conversation now and plan an action for SID to encourage young people themselves to be part of a change now to build a better internet for their future. Find out more at www.saferinternetday.org.

We hope you find this edition of the BIK bulletin useful, and wish you and your students a great, safe and successful school year!

 
 
 
Latest helpline trends
 
 
LATEST HELPLINE TRENDS
 
TEENS ARE MAIN USERS OF HELPLINE SERVICES
 
   
 
 
  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 latest set of data, covering the period from April to June 2016, confirms that teens are the main users of helpline services, so supporting awareness centre findings that this group tends to be the one that faces the greatest challenges online.  
 
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Hotlines - Every report counts
 
 
LATEST HOTLINE NEWS
 
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  An important international conference on the fight against online child sexual abuse took place recently in Helsinki, Finland. The conference was part of Save the Children’s work on its breakthrough goal “violence against children is no longer tolerated”. It gathered specialists working against online child sexual abuse from different fields such as law enforcement, NGOs and the public sector. Here, INHOPE, the International Association of Internet Hotlines, talks to the organisers of the conference, to discuss the work of the Finnish hotline and why international cooperation, terminology, awareness raising and reporting are so crucial in the fight against online child sexual abuse.  
 
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Back2School  
Back2School with a resource ‘Tour of Europe’
 
   
 
As part of our annual Back2School campaign, we invite teachers to explore the vast range of online safety tools and resources created by the European network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs). In a 'Tour of Europe', many of our SICs have highlighted a particularly pertinent resource which you may wish to use with your pupils to raise their awareness of how to stay safe and responsible online, covering a myriad of issues from cyberbullying to sexting, and from digital media literacy to online extremism. Browse our interactive map to discover more.
 
 
   
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The European Handbook for Teaching Privacy and Data Protection at Schools
 
   
 
Under the framework of the ARCADES research project, for the past 18 months, three European data protection authorities (DPAs) – from Poland, Hungary and Slovenia – as well as the Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) have looked for best practices in teaching privacy and personal data protection at schools. This common endeavour has resulted in a series of academic reports and articles, three seminars for teachers, three national contests for the best lesson plan and a final conference in Barcelona.
 
 
   
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Better Internet for Kids - project review 2015-16
 
   
 
Following a succession of Safer Internet programmes from 1999 to 2013, the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) project is the latest European Commission-funded initiative aimed at creating a better internet for Europe's children and youth. A project review has recently been published, providing an overview of the project and describing some of the highlights so far. The project review is available as an interactive online resource or a downloadable PDF report.
 
 
   
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Voice of youth  
The voice of youth: Back2School as good digital citizens
 
   
 
Hearing the views and the voices of youth is an important part of the work we do in aiming to create a better internet for kids. As part of our Back2School edition of the BIK bulletin, we asked three of our youth ambassadors how they plan to be good digital citizens as they embark on the start of a new academic year. Find out how they responded.
 
 
   
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Youth participation in review
 
   
 
Youth participation in the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) agenda allows young people to express their views and exchange knowledge and experiences concerning their use of online technologies, as well as tips on how to stay safe. Following the launch of the BIK portal last year, the dissemination of youth-related content from the Youth Manifesto and Pan-EU Youth websites has been gradually migrated to the new platform. Check out our new youth participation timeline which outlines the activities which have taken place since the creation of the Insafe network way back in 2004.
 
 
   
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ENABLE  
ENABLE fosters tolerance and mutual respect as an antidote to bullying
 
   
 
Social and emotional skill development is showing far-reaching results in combatting bullying. Assessment results of the two-year ENABLE project show that pupils having taken part in the ENABLE social and emotional learning (SEL) course are more likely to report aggressive behaviour, and that teachers have a deeper understanding of bullying and are better able to handle such incidents in class. These and other findings were discussed at a final project conference in Croatia recently. The project has also resulted in a number of free online resources being made available to allow students, teachers, parents and carers to benefit from a holistic and sustainable approach to tackling bullying in all its forms.
 
 
   
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Screen time and other parenting ‘challenges’
 
   
 
Over the summer, the team from Parenting for a Digital Future at the LSE released a policy brief about ‘screen time,’ arguing that many parents’ fears of digital devices are based on outdated advice. Together with the Media Policy Project they held an invite-only event, which brought together researchers, policy-makers, advocates and content and platform providers to discuss what new advice to families about ‘screen time’ should look like. Discover more about this, along with other topical updates from the Parenting for a Digital Future team, on the BIK portal.
 
 
   
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Alliance to better protect minors online  
Alliance to better protect minors online
 
   
 
Following action lines concerning the protection of children online as identified in the proposal reviewing the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) from May 2016, Commissioner Günther Oettinger announced, in a recent blog post, that the first meeting of the Alliance to better protect minors online took place on 27 September 2016. Acknowledging that “creating a safer digital environment in which children can flourish and act confidently is a shared responsibility”, the Commission hosted a kick-off meeting of the Alliance, bringing together representatives of social networks and online platforms, device manufacturers, telecom operators, broadcasters and media providers, and NGOs to promote children's digital wellbeing.
 
 
   
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New Microsoft study highlights teens' concerns about online safety
 
   
 
When it comes to personal online safety, teenagers appear to be aware of the possible imminent risks that they may encounter on the internet just as much as adults, according to findings from a new Microsoft study tackling the perception of online safety from a youth perspective. Preliminary results of the study show that teens are concerned about their personal safety online and expect internet-related risks to increase in the future. More detailed findings from the study will be released on Safer Internet Day 2017.
 
 
   
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Safer Internet Forum (SIF)  
Safer Internet Forum 2016 – register online now
 
   
 
Safer Internet Forum (SIF) is a key annual international conference in Europe where policy makers, researchers, law enforcement bodies, youth, parents and carers, teachers, NGOs, industry representatives, experts and other relevant actors come together to discuss the latest trends, risks and solutions related to child online safety. Join us for SIF 2016, where we, along with key experts and stakeholders from Europe and beyond, will consider how we can ‘be the change’ and create principles, policies and practices for a better internet. This one-day event will take place at Forum Geesseknäppchen in Luxembourg on Thursday, 24 November 2016.

Find out more and register online at www.betterinternetforkids.eu/sif2016.
 
 
   
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Safer Internet Day 2017 – the countdown has started
 
   
 
Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the globe. Safer Internet Day 2017 will be celebrated on Tuesday, 7 February 2017 with a theme of 'Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.

We invite you to already start planning your actions, and tell us how you plan to ‘be the change’. Register your support for SID now!
 
 
   
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October is cyber security month in Europe
 
   
 
European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) - or CyberSecMonth - is the EU’s annual advocacy campaign that takes place in October and aims to raise awareness of cyber security threats, promote cyber security among citizens and provide up-to-date security information, through education and sharing of good practices.
 
 
   
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National Cyber Security Awareness Month  
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Meanwhile, with its origins in the US, October is also National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). Coordinated and led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), NCSAM has grown exponentially since its inception, reaching consumers, small- and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation and internationally. Given its synergies with Safer Internet Day (SID) and the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) agenda in general, we are proud to support NCSAM as an official champion.
 
 
   
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EU Code Week  
EU Code Week is fast approaching
 
   
 
The fourth edition of EU Code Week is fast approaching, taking on the challenge of teaching European citizens how to code. For this year's edition, taking place from 15-23 October 2016, citizens from across Europe and beyond are once again invited to participate in the campaign and to learn the necessary skills to thrive in the digital era. Hundreds of events are planned during the week. For example, the European Coding Initiative, along with European Schoolnet's Future Classroom Lab ambassadors and Learning Labs' network, will hold an international hackathon on 20 October 2016 in Brussels, where teams from schools and learning labs will have the chance to share their projects.
 
 
   
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Digital Citizenship Summit
 
   
 
The Digital Citizenship Summit brings together people, organisations and companies to promote the safe, savvy and ethical use of social media and technology. The summit takes a multi-stakeholder approach to sharing ideas and best practices, and empowering citizens to be the digital change. The next event will be held on Friday, 28 October 2016 at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, and will be livestreamed to a global audience via Twitter's @Safety profile and embedded on the BeTheDigitalChange.com website.
 
 
   
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Conference on children’s rights in the migration crisis and in the digital environment
 
   
 
On 4 November 2016, Tallinn will host an international conference on children’s rights. The conference is organised by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Estonian Institute of Human Rights. The event is a part of the Estonian Chairmanship in the Council of Europe. The aim of the conference is to share good practices and discuss two burning issues that are currently in the spotlight in Estonia, in Europe as well as at a global level - children's rights in the turmoil of migration and children's rights in the digital environment.
 
 
   
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Conference on the impact of digitalisation on 21st century families
 
   
 
COFACE Families-Europe and its German member Arbeitsgemeinschaft der deutschen Familien organisationen (AGF) are jointly organising the conference 'The impact of digitalisation on 21st century families' on 7-8 November 2016 in Berlin. Around 100 key stakeholders will get together to discuss this topic, aiming to stimulate debate, put some practical examples out there, and take a peek at what the future will bring. The conference will focus on families as new consumers and new workers, but ultimately assess to what extent these trends are creating new families.
 
 
   
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Youth participation in bullying prevention conference  
European conference on youth participation in bullying prevention
 
   
 
Taking place in Helsinki, Finland on 11 November 2016, this international conference looks at innovative approaches to engage youth for social action against bullying in partnership with school staff and parents. It will bring together experts, teachers, school social workers, principals and youth to present, discuss, and share their work against bullying. The conference is the final event of the EU-project and will gather a unique network of several European NGOs working with programmes on youth participation in bullying prevention.
 
 
   
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