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Browse our selection of news stories to learn more about how young people from across Europe (and beyond) have been contributing to creating a safer and better internet. And, if you're interested in browsing a fuller selection of news stories, head on over to the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal or check out the quarterly BIK bulletin for regular highlights. If you're keen to contribute with a story of your own, check out the BIK content contribution guidelines - we'd love to hear from you!

  • The BIK Youth Panel 2021 contributes to the #DigitalDecade4YOUth!

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2021-09-28
    • Author: BIK Team

    After a series of online meetings, members of the 2021 BIK Youth Panel are preparing to showcase their work during the pre-event session of the Safer Internet Forum (SIF) 2021, taking place on the eve of the main event.  

  • The BIK Youth Panel 2021 is kicking off tonight!

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2021-09-01
    • Author: BIK Team

    The 13th edition of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Youth Panel is approaching and will culminate with an online session at Safer Internet Forum (SIF) 2021.

  • Living in an online stream: new study on young people’s lives on social networks

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2021-07-13
    • Author: Austrian Safer Internet Centre

    A new study on online behaviour and the challenges faced by Austrian children and youth on social networks shows a competent use and a conscious online presence.

  • Youth Internet Monitor 2021: Which social networks do young people in Austria use?

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2021-07-12
    • Author: Austrian Safer Internet Centre

    Every year, the Austrian Safer Internet Centre collects data on social media use of Austrian children and youth. Which social networks do young people in Austria use? Which platforms are trending, and which ones have become less popular? The results are published in the Youth Internet Monitor.

  • March 2021 BIK bulletin - Age-appropriate design with youth

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2021-03-30
    • Author: BIK Team

    Online services and technology offer many opportunities for children and young people to communicate, find information, be entertained and develop their digital skills. However, many online services used by young people were never designed with them as the core audience. The March 2021 edition of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) bulletin explores the topic of age-appropriate design with youth.

  • Empowering young people at the Twitter Youth Summit

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2021-03-25
    • Author: Lorcan Tuohy, BIK Youth Ambassador

    On 24 February 2021, Twitter hosted an event for young people. Called the Twitter Youth Summit, the aim of the event was for Twitter to inform young people about how they can be empowered to have their voice heard on social media. Twitter also took the opportunity to hear from youth about problems they encounter online in three distinct areas, namely mental health, cyberbullying and equality, and environment and sustainability. Here, Lorcan Tuohy, member of the Webwise youth panel (part of the Irish Safer Internet Centre) and BIK Youth Ambassador, looks back on the event.

  • Our year with the Youth Pledge

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2021-03-22
    • Author: Sina and Matej, BIK Youth Ambassadors

    Last year, a group of six Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Youth Ambassadors met in Brussels to launch the Youth Pledge for a Better Internet on the occasion of Safer Internet Day (SID) 2020. Sina and Matej were among them and, in this article, they reflect on what has been accomplished in the last year.

  • Peer education and youth participation for digital citizenship

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2021-03-17
    • Author: SaferNet, Brazilian SIC+ pilot programme participant

    SaferNet Brasil has been working in different ways to strengthen youth engagement since 2012. Considering the intensity of young people’s online presence and their need for self-expression, explore content and contacts, enable civic participation and learn, the mobile connection requires more efforts on self-protection and critical thinking education to allow a responsible autonomy in this new digital connected world.

  • Launch of new international category for film competition

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2021-03-16
    • Author: UK Safer Internet Centre

    Young people who attend school outside of the UK can enter the Childnet Film Competition’s first ever international category! Now in its 12th year, the Childnet Film Competition challenges young filmmakers to create a short film in response to a given theme around online safety. The main criteria are that all entries must contain a positive message and be able to educate other young people. 

  • The outcomes of the Youth Pledge for a Better Internet, one year on

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2021-03-08
    • Author: BIK team

    On Safer Internet Day (SID) 2021 – which we celebrated on Tuesday, 9 February 2021 – the Youth Pledge for a Better Internet celebrated its first year of existence. Below, we look back on the achievements of this youth-led initiative in partnership with industry representatives from the Alliance to better protect minors online aimed at making online platforms’ terms and conditions more age appropriate.

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