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Insafe Newsletter Issue 60 - April 2011 (News Item)

04/04/2011

Welcome to the 60th edition of the Insafe newsletter.

This month we look at the political agenda for online safety across Europe. Many of our network members share information on the current priorities and campaigns in their countries, highlighting the importance of getting online safety on the agenda at the highest possible level.

Also this month we hear about the new pilot e-safety helpline for professionals in the UK, two new online safety resources for children and teenagers in Poland, and the latest consultation from Pan-EU Youth focusing on e-skills, along with the usual mix of news and events.

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.

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Focus


[Czech Republic] The political agenda and online safety in Czechia
It is not simple to deal with politicians in general, and even more so when addressing online safety issues. Raising awareness of the importance of online safety within the political agenda can be difficult, particularly in our volatile times. Here, the Czech Safer Internet Centre outlines its approach.


[Denmark] The digital agenda from a Danish perspective
April will be a milestone with regards to the digitalisation of Denmark, with the launch of a new national strategy for the digitalisation of the public sector 2011-2015. Here, the Danish Awareness Centre outlines some of the specific projects and initiatives that will contribute towards the strategy.


[Germany] Government engagement in online safety
The German Federal Government, apart from diverse initiatives on state level, has founded and is supporting a range of projects and activities in the field of online safety and media literacy.


[Greece] The importance of online safety education through the school environment
One of the most important goals for the Greek Safer Internet Awareness Campaign is educating kids from a young age in using online technologies safely. A recent Memorandum of Cooperation with the Greek Ministry of Education has strengthened this focus.


[Slovenia] ‘Safe on the Internet’- governmental awareness-raising campaign in Slovenia
This year’s Safer Internet Day in Slovenia was marked with the launch of new awareness raising project - Safe on the Internet – which aims to target the wider population with online safety messages.


[Sweden] Awareness and the political agenda in Sweden
In the past year the concern about, and interest in, the media habits of minors has increased on several levels in Sweden resulting in a newly-formed Swedish Media Council and a new curriculum for schools with a strong media focus for all subjects and all ages.


[UK] Online safety - the political landscape in the UK
There has been considerable activity over recent years with online safety in the UK, resulting in the creation of UKCCIS – the UK Council for Child Internet Safety – following an independent review in 2008. Despite a recent change in government, online safety remains a high priority on the political agenda.

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News, campaigns and training


[UK] New e-safety helpline for professionals
The UK Safer Internet Centre has recently launched a new pilot helpline for professionals, specifically tacking the issue of e-safety.

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Events and competitions


Pan-EU Youth opens its third and last consultation
Pan-EU Youth has just released its third consultation, this time focusing on e-skills. Students across Europe are invited to share their views...visit the Pan-EU Youth website to speak up, vote, blog and play!


[Sweden] MobileHCI 2011 – Stockholm, 30 August – 2 September 2011
MobileHCI 2011 is an international conference on human-computer interaction with mobile devices and services. A conference workshop, focusing on mobile family interaction, will aim to deepen understanding of mobile technology use by preteens. A call for workshop papers is now open.


EU Kids Online Conference 2011 – call for papers
The theme for the EU Kids Online Conference in September 2011 will focus on Children, risk and safety online: Research and policy challenges in comparative perspective. A call for papers is now open.

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Studies & Surveys


INHOPE Annual Report 2010
INHOPE – the International Association of Internet Hotlines – has recently released its 2010 Annual Report.

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Online Safety in schools... and at home


[Poland] ‘Zuzka and Tunio discover the internet’
‘Zuzka and Tunio discover the internet’ is a new educational project targeting primary school children aged 8 through 11 in Poland.


[Poland] ‘On the Web’: a new educational offer from Nobody’s Children Foundation and Microsoft
‘On the Web’, a new online safety resource aimed at teenagers in Poland, uses an innovative talk-show formula to deliver messages on issues such as grooming and cyberbullying.

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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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