The annual Safer Internet Forum, organized by European Schoolnet in the framework of the EC’s Better Internet for Kids Strategy, will take place on 20th November in Brussels. Registrations are currently open for the international conference 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.
This year’s theme is “The impact of technology on children, young people and society” and will feature sessions on the impact of technology on self-identity and personal relationships alongside the impact of technology on society, and how various stakeholders can address the challenges. The forum will also see Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, present the winners of the #SaferInternet4EU Awards. COFACE’s policy Manager Martin Schmalzried was grateful to be part of the jury for this year’s #SaferINternet4EU Awards and we are also happy to see an initiative of one of COFACE’s member organisations – Gezinsbond’s “Safely Online”.
Better Internet for Kids also offers a guide to online services as being particularly useful for parents which 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. The resource is regularly updated, providing users with a fast route to discovering safety and privacy information, and linking to a range of resources from the European network of Safer Internet Centres.