Families Day

International Day of Families: Developing a healthy digital environment

Brussels, 15th May 2020

#DayOfFamilies #DigitalFamiliesEU #COVID19 – Today we celebrate the International Day of Families! This year’s celebrations are different as Europe and the world is still fully in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in this current situation we see more than ever that families, in any shape or form provide the basis of our societies, making them an invaluable entity.

From one day to the other, families saw their needs and problems amplified as they had to become education hubs, mental health consultants, chefs, work-life balance managers, full-time carers and mainly experts in digital tools. Families want a healthy environment for their children to thrive and develop their own wings, this includes a healthy digital environment. The onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic has plunged all of us, families, children, workers, consumers, into the digital age with imposed and recommended lockdowns meaning that digital tools are slowly but surely becoming the norm for schooling, working, socialising, gaming, staying connected with family members. This makes digital citizenship and critical thinking ever more urgent.

This is why COFACE Families Europe, for the International Day of Families 2020, is organising a series of eight short webinars highlighting multiple layers of digital citizenship. Join the conversation on how to promote education and empowerment of families to harness the full potential of technology.


These webinars are based on our 13 Digitalisation principles through which COFACE Families Europe aims to ensure that digitalisation and new technological developments serve the general interest of all European citizens and families.


  1. Digital services: Non-discrimination, inclusion and accessibility
  2. Infrastructure: Access to the Internet
  3. Competences and skill
  4. (Digital) Parenting
  5. Respecting human rights and children’s rights in the digital space
  6. Transparency
  7. Privacy and data protection
  8. (Cyber)security
  9. User control
  10. Keeping the Internet open
  11. Democratic participation
  12. Health and well-being
  13. Democratic Internet Governance

These principles taken together, paint a picture of an Internet and a web managed and maintained by reconciling and balancing the roles and responsibilities on the end user and private/public actors, creating a better Internet and web for all.They also aim to support bridge-building between social, consumer and digitalisation stakeholders.Finally, these principles are by no means an attempt at reinventing the wheel, but rather a combination of existing principles developed by a variety of stakeholders, but relevant especially to families as end-users.

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