Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.
Safer Internet Day 2014 will be celebrated on 11 February 2014. The theme of the campaign is “Let’s create a better internet together”.
The SID 2014 website showcases some of the exciting activities and events that took place across the globe to celebrate the day in 2013, and will be updated for 2014 as the campaign gathers pace. The interactive map on the homepage shows all of the locations around the world where SID 2014 will be celebrated, and the organizations that are coordinating the activities in each country.
How to get involved in Safer Internet Day:
- Follow the Facebook and Twitter campaign pages, or view SID videos past and present on YouTube (Insafe / Pan-EU Youth)
- Spread the word through the media.
- Host an event such as a conference on online safety in your community.
- Arrange workshops in schools and private companies.
- Orchestrate debates between young people and policy-makers.
- Make contact with your National Awareness Centre or local SID Committee to find out what else is going on in your country.
Are you interested in the innovative use of media to support learning? Would you like to know more about the status of media literacy in Europe? Do you want to better understand creativity in the classroom? Are you keen to find out how universities are using video? If your answer is ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then book now to participate in the 4th Media & Learning Conference taking place in Brussels on 12-13 December.
The conference boasts a packed agenda. We’d like to share with you some of the highlights.
Keynote speaker Renee Hobbs will speak about her recent research on what motivates teachers to use media in the classroom and how their motivations shape digital learning. Open Education Europa interviewed Prof. Hobbs about her work; this article gives a preview of her findings.
Prof. Sian Bayne will also be giving a keynote speech on “Content by ‘devious’ means.” Find out what that means in our interview with Prof. Bayne about her experience teaching a MOOC using only open-access content.
Other conference highlights include:
- Screenings and demonstrations by the 9 MEDEA Awards finalists from France, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Spain. Discussion on the topic of e-Safety and Digital Ethics led by Don Heider from the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy at Loyola University, Chicago.
- Beeban Kidron founder of the nationwide FilmClub in the UK and well-known film and documentary director sharing her thoughts about film and media literacy.
- Pre-conference workshops and visits on lecture capture practices in universities, next-generation educational game platforms and classrooms of the future.
Russell Stannard on his experience of using video and how he has built a reputation as one of the largest providers of video for language teaching on the planet.
- Practical workshop on pedagogic video design led by Jack Koumi.
- Susanne Friz from FWU in Germany and Dennis Van Der Helm from Kennisnet presenting their ideas and experience of making available open educational media resources.
- Showing of “InRealLife” a controversial new documentary by filmmaker Beeban Kidron which asks what exactly is the Internet and what is it doing to our children?
- Derrick de Kerckhove, former Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology at the University of Toronto on the status of learning in today’s society.
Conference registration is still open and Open Education Europa looks forward to seeing you in Brussels!
The internet is a place where curiosity and creativity can thrive and where you develop a wide range of skills in a seemingly less threatening manner. Nevertheless it holds certain pitfalls for the unwary. As in all other aspects of life, education is essential to foster more reflective ways of using online media.
With smartphones on the rise and tablets increasingly replacing desktop or laptop PCs , the provision of resources promoting a safe and responsible use of these new devices becomes increasingly important.
The ‘Survey of resources for teens’ presents resources from across Europe addressing the needs of teenagers (between 13 and 18 years old).
This report examines the needs of the youngest internet users (aged nine and under) in terms of their online safety education. It also considers the needs of parents and teachers for appropriate resources that can help them to support the children in their care.
We believe that the best way to protect younger users is to educate and empower them by providing the tools they need to safeguard themselves, as part of our commitment to 'Promoting a Digital Society'.