The new #SaferInternet4EU campaign aims to foster digital culture among children and young people

The image depicts young people of different ages surrounded by images of new technologies and related risks - a drone floating overhead, a robot as part of the children's group

On Safer Internet Day 2018, the Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel launched the EU-wide #SaferInternet4EU Campaign at an event at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

The campaign federates efforts from different stakeholders at EU and national level to improve awareness on digital challenges and opportunities for children. Throughout 2018, a range of #SaferInternet4EU initiatives across Europe will reach children, young people, parents, teachers, and other EU citizens to become empowered and responsible digital users.

#SaferInternet4EU covers a wide range of topics, such as critical thinking, media literacy and digital skills. These aim to equip users to identify and combat existing and emerging challenges such as online disinformation, cyber threats, and other risks brought by new technologies and connected devices. The Campaign will also include initiatives and tips on cyber hygiene.

At EU level, the campaign includes activities such as:

  • European contest to reward high quality resources and inspiring initiatives pursuing the Better Internet for Kids objectives. The competition covers three categories: organisations, teachers and youth.
  • massive open online course (MOOC) on child online safety with resources and activities for online learning in particular on fake news, cyberbullying and radicalisation. The course will last 6 weeks and consists of activities and resources for online learning. It will target schools across Europe.

A network of national #SaferInternet4EU Ambassadors will also be set up with the aim of supporting the campaign through articles, blogs, tweets, sharing resources and engaging with other stakeholders.

For more information about the campaign, related activities, and information how you can support it visit the Better Internet for Kids portal.