Welcome to the 57th edition of the Insafe newsletter, and the first issue of 2011.
This month, in celebration of Data Protection Day at the end of the month (28 January 2011), we look at the importance of protecting our personal information, our privacy and our reputation, online.
Most of us post information online in one form or other, whether it be registering online for information or services, shopping online, using social networking sites, or uploading our creative works in the form of blogs, photos or videos. But how many of us regularly stop and think about how all our information is used, how it is protected, or how it could be pieced together to provide a truly detailed picture of our lives?
Below you will find information on various initiatives developed by colleagues in awareness centres across Europe to raise awareness of the issues – from guidance on privacy settings, to Facebook checks, to information on creating safe passwords and nicknames: all of which are essential tools in helping to keep our personal information private and safe.
This month has also seen the launch of the full findings of the EU Kids Online study, a report on a study of the effectiveness of parental control tools, and the launch of a new UK Safer Internet Centre. Along with the usual mix of news and events, we hope you will enjoy this issue.
If you would like to contribute an article for a forthcoming issue of the newsletter, or the Insafe blog, please contact the Insafe Team
We’ll be back next month on 8 February, when we hope you will join us in celebration of Safer Internet Day 2011.
Data Protection Day – 28 January 2011
The aim of the Data Protection Day is to give European citizens the chance to understand what personal data is collected and processed about them and why, and what their rights are with respect to this processing. This year, the Council of Europe is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Convention for the protection of individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data.
[Austria] Data protection in social networks – raising awareness for young people
With more than 70 per cent of Austrian teenagers using social networks on a daily basis, privacy has become an issue. In order to raise awareness on how they can protect their personal data and gain privacy, the Austrian Awareness Centre has come forward with a number of related activities.
[Germany] Klicksafe publishes new social networking guidance
In May 2010, klicksafe published the first edition of three social network guidelines concerning safety and privacy settings on Facebook, StudiVZ and Wer-kennt-wen (who-knows-who)? Due to the lively interest in these publications, klicksafe has developed a fourth social network guideline concerning SchülerVZ which will be published shortly.
[Slovenia] New classroom resources for protecting privacy online
The Slovenian Safer Internet Centre, SAFE-SI, has created two new classroom activities - Think before you post
and How to create safe online passwords and nicknames
- for teaching teenagers about the dangers of careless publishing of personal information.
[UK] Protecting your professional reputation online
Are you happy to share your holiday snaps with your colleagues? Most importantly, do you know whether other people’s comments or photos are affecting your reputation? The UK's South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL), a partner in the new UK Safer Internet Centre, provides guidance on protecting your professional reputation online.
News, campaigns and training
eTwinning Learning Lab - safe use of online and communication technologies
Insafe is pleased to be hosting a learning event in the eTwinning Learning Lab from 3-18 February 2011. The event will focus on how teachers can best support their pupils in the safe use of online and communication technologies and will focus on issues around social networking such as cyberbullying and sexting. Lesson plans and other resources will be made available to participants as well as some ideas for marking Safer Internet Day (SID).
Pan-EU Youth: a new online resource to engage young people in citizenship issues
Pan-EU Youth is 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. The platform went live in early December 2010 and schools and teachers are starting to use it in a variety of classes ranging from IT, ethics and social studies, to citizenship and language classes.
[UK] New UK Safer Internet Centre launches
A new UK Safer Internet Centre launched on 1 January 2011. Co-funded by the European Commission, and part of the Insafe network, the new centre provides an awareness centre, a helpline and a hotline function. It is formed by a partnership of three leading organisations: Childnet International, The South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) and the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).
Events and competitions
Safer Internet Day 2011: Less than a month to go...
Safer Internet Day 2011 is fast approaching. Around the date of the event, a wide array of activities will take place across Europe and the world, ranging from press conferences and workshops for children, to rock concerts and seminars for educators and parents. The 8th edition of Safer Internet Day will be celebrated on 8 February 2011 and will focus more particularly on the theme ‘virtual lives’ inviting people to think about their online identity and the survival of their real self through the online experience.
Teacher of the Month
Who will be Teachtoday’s first 'Teacher of the Month' in 2011? Each month, Teachtoday – a website providing information and advice for teachers, headteachers, governors and other members of the school workforce about the positive, responsible and safe use of new technologies – runs a competition to identify and reward innovative e-safety practice. The next deadline for entries is 23 January 2011.
Studies & Surveys
EU Kids Online: Full findings and policy implications
In previous months we have reported on some of the initial findings from the EU Kids Online study, which looked at risks and safety on the internet from the perspective of children aged 9-16 and their parents. January 2011 sees the launch of the full findings and policy implications from the study, based on the complete dataset of 25,142 children and one of their parents across 25 European countries.
New survey highlights the strengths and weaknesses of parental control programmes
Results from a new study released by the European Commission show that while a healthy 84 per cent of the software programs tested enable parents to block access to certain websites, they are less efficient at filtering so-called web 2.0 content such as social networking sites or blogs. In addition, only a few products on the market are able to filter web content accessed via mobile phones or game consoles, at a time when one in four children in Europe go online in this way.
Online Safety in schools
UNESCO Anticyberbullying Charter opens to other signatories
The Anticyberbullying Charter is a project organised by the Junior Language School, Prague, Czech Republic and their twin school, Elena Farago School in Bucharest, Romania. Children of both schools monitored cyberbullying in their schools and respective countries. Then, in peer-to-peer programmes, pupils discussed the phenomenon and blogged and video-conferenced on the subject, resulting in the drafting of a bilateral charter against cyberbullying. The charter is now open for other signatories.
Download the best online safety resources from the Insafe network
This second edition of Insafe's digipack contains a wide range of educational materials from across Europe. These materials support teachers in educating pupils and colleagues to stay safe when they are using the internet and other online technologies. From handbooks for teachers to videos which support parents and children, there are 30 high-quality resources which will be of great use to professionals working with children and young people.
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.