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Safer Internet Day 2017 - Happy Onlife game goes open source

Graphic of the Happy Onlife game Safer Internet Day gives an opportunity for children, young students, teachers, parents, industry, policy makers and other stakeholders to collaborate and reflect on emerging risks the youngest users.
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Feb 07 2017

Organisations and communities can now tailor Happy Onlife, the safe internet educational tool, to their own needs, translate into different languages and maximise its added value.

The release of the source code is an opportunity to share best practices and promote novel teaching methods on data protection and cybersecurity. Happy Onlife also goes mobile and will be now available for iOS, Android and Windows Smartphones.

The JRC researchers created the educational tool to promote safe and responsible use of ICT among children and adults. It comprises a set of resources and best practices to raise awareness about ethical and educational issues online. This includes online safety risks for privacy, cybersecurity and cyberbullying which may seriously affect children’s life.

The toolkit comes in two formats: a paper box currently available in English and Italian and a digital version of the Happy Onlife game translated in five EU languages: English, French, Italian, Dutch and Spanish.

The release of Happy Onlife source code aims at offering the current JRC application to interested parties and to create maximum social impact. They can now improve, develop and build upon Happy Onlife with the source code.

Background

Children have particular needs and vulnerabilities while engaging online with the most common risks being fraud, privacy breaches, grooming, sexting, cyberbullying, scary or gory content. These risks are continually evolving due to changes in technology as well as cultural and communication dynamics.

The European Commission promotes safer internet through the Better Internet for Kids Strategy and financial support to Safer Internet Centres in 27 Member States as well as Iceland and Norway.

Safer Internet Day gives an opportunity for children, young students, teachers, parents, industry, policy makers and other stakeholders to collaborate and reflect on emerging risks the youngest users.

Safer Internet Day is coordinated by the joint INSAFE/INHOPE network, with the financial support of the European Commission under Connecting Europe Facility.

More information is available on the Better Internet for Kids website.