Internet Safety events for the 2009-2010 school year

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For the 2009-2010 school year, the internet safety network, Insafe, is organising a promising range of activities for schools, starting with a Back to school campaign and ending with a Quiz competition around the theme „Think before you post” to be launched on Safer Internet Day 2010, 9 February. Other activities include an online version of the Insafe e-safety kit, the updated TeachToday website, pan European Youth and Teachers’ fora and the 2nd annual DPD competition.

Back-to-School campaign – 8th September
Insafe will celebrate the entry to the new school year and mark international literacy day with a brand new portal for increased interactivity with users. At its launch, the portal will feature information and activities for students and pupils and guide them rapidly to the national language websites of the 27 countries that make up the Insafe network. A blog and forum will provide a new platform for teachers to share their ideas and concerns, and the “safety issues” on the current site will be revamped to provide customized information and resources. Watch www.saferinternet.org for more news on this.

eSafety kit goes online, September: after the overwhelming success of Insafe’s eSafety toolkit, with already 320,000 copies disseminated across more than 15 countries, this invaluable resource for families and primary schools will become available online at www.esafetykit.net or directly through the Insafe portal. Initially available in 6 languages, the online version of the kit will gradually become available in more languages to provide monthly safety tips and fun activities as well as printable work sheets for teachers.

www.TeachToday.eu: a joint resource from the industry and education sectors aimed at providing teachers the information they need to ensure their own safety and privacy online and integrate internet safety issues into their classwork. The site includes links to top resources from national Insafe nodes and will offer EU-wide forums on topical issues throughout the year. The updated site will be shortly launched in English and will become available during the school year in German, Spanish, French, Danish, Czech and Polish.

Safer Internet Forum 2009: This will take place in Luxembourg on 22 and 23 October and its main theme will be "Promoting internet safety in schools". The Forum will be open for stakeholders from NGOs, governments, researchers, industry representatives, including Internet Service Providers, mobile network operators, social networking sites, software developers. The Safer Internet Forum will be preceded by the INSAFE Pan-European Youth Panel and a Teachers’ Panel. Both meetings will take place on 21 October in Luxembourg and will be closed to the public. The main conclusions of both the Youth and the Teachers’ Panel will be presented during the Safer Internet Forum.For futher information and registration to the Safer Internet Forum: www.ec.europa.eu/saferinternet

Data Protection Day 2010, January 28th: “Think Privacy” is the title of the 2nd annual DPD competition which encourages young people to reflect on their rights to privacy and data protection in today’s information society. The challenge is for 15 to 19 year-olds to create a multi-media poster (basically anything from a talking poster to a video or powerpoint) illustrating their viewpoint; the prizes will include trips to Brussels for the DPD award ceremony. Places are available at the event for school classes wishing to organize a visit to Brussels to coincide with the event which will be held in an EU institutional venue. Further information: www.dataprotectionday.eu

Safer Internet Day 2010, 9th February: under the theme “Think before you post”, SID 2010 will focus on how we’re managing images online and consequently, how we deal with privacy in digital environments. Insafe will be launching a pan-European quiz on 1st February, targeting two age-groups: 5-11 and 12-15 year-olds. The quiz will be open to individuals or school classes who will compete with the objective of becoming increasingly aware of their role in protecting themselves and others online. An online SID Fair will showcase participating organizations across the world, and schools are invited to register the events they will be running to mark the day. .Information on Safer Internet Day will gradually become available on www.saferinternet.org as from the month of September.

Sursa: Insafe

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