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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!

  • Happy International Day of Friendship 2022

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2022-07-30
    • Author: BIK Team

    Today marks the International Day of Friendship, celebrated every year on 30 July. The day was initiated by the United Nations (UN) in 2011 to promote "friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals" as a way to "inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities". 

  • Celebrating World Youth Skills Day 2022

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2022-07-15
    • Author: BIK Team

    Today marks the World Youth Skills Day 2022. Every year on 15 July, the day is celebrated around the world to promote the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work, and entrepreneurship. The day has been founded by the United Nations (UN). 

  • Introducing the new BIK+ strategy

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2022-06-30
    • Author: BIK Team

    In May 2022, the European Commission adopted a new European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+), to improve age-appropriate digital services and to ensure that every child is protected, empowered and respected online. Ten years after the first BIK strategy, BIK+ wants to spotlight the voices and opinions of European youth.  

  • The BIK Youth Panel 2022 is kicking off tonight!

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2022-06-29
    • Author: BIK Team

    The 14th edition of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) Youth Panel is approaching and will culminate at Safer Internet Forum (SIF) 2022 on 27 October in Brussels and online. 

  • BIK Youth Ambassadors discuss the BIK+ strategy at the Digital Assembly

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2022-06-28
    • Author: BIK Team

    On 21-22 June 2022, the Digital Assembly took place in Toulouse, France. The Digital Assembly is an annual event hosted jointly by the European Commission and the holder of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). It is a key forum for members of the European digital ecosystem to gather and discuss important issues. This year’s two-day conference included workshops, panel discussions and plenary sessions focusing on issues related to EU sovereignty and autonomy. In particular, a workshop on day one focused on the newly adopted European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+). BIK Youth Ambassadors Sina and Dimitris were there to share their views. 

  • Youth participation in the INHOPE webinar ‘Proactive vs reactive hotline communication’

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2022-06-13
    • Author: BIK Team

    The INHOPE network, a global network that fights child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online, organised a webinar on proactive versus reactive hotline communication on 1 June 2022. Two senior BIK Youth Ambassadors, João Pedro Martins (Portugal) and Kathrin Morasch (Germany), were asked to share their opinions on campaigns that aim to reach young people.

  • Digital Youth Forum 2022 will be available in Ukrainian

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2022-05-20
    • Author: Polish Safer Internet Centre

    The Digital Youth Forum (DYF) is an event designed for youth, by youth, and about youth on creative and innovative uses of new technologies and online safety. Organised by the Empowering Children Foundation as part of the Polish Safer Internet Centre, it’s a meeting of experts and inspiration seekers, creators and consumers, activists and dreamers. 

  • The new Better Internet for Kids strategy is out! Introducing BIK+

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2022-05-11
    • Author: BIK Team

    Today, the European Commission has adopted a new European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+), with the aim to improve age-appropriate digital services and to ensure that every child is protected, empowered and respected online. This new strategy comes ten years after the first BIK strategy, and during the European Year of Youth, spotlighting the voices and ideas of young people themselves.

  • Youth Internet Monitor 2022 is out: Which social networks do young people in Austria use?

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2022-05-11
    • Author: Austrian Safer Internet Centre

    Every year, the Austrian Safer Internet Centre Saferinternet.at presents the current data on the use of different social media platforms by Austrian youth. Which social networks are currently the most popular among young boys and girls in Austria? The results are collected in the Youth Internet Monitor

  • European Year of Youth 2022: We asked – young people answered!

    • Type: Youth
    • Date: 2022-04-06
    • Author: BIK Team

    Better Internet for Kids Youth Ambassadors and youth panellists from different countries in Europe were featured in ten short videos where they exchange views on their priorities online, the importance of digital skills, and their perspectives on how to ensure better online experiences in the future

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