A Safe Internet in a Safe World Today, Tomorrow and Beyond

INSAFE & CNTI will host a joint conference in Cyprus, ‘Promoting Internet Safety Globally: Connecting Generations.’ The three-day event will take place from 14-16 May 2012 at the Golden Bay Beach Hotel in Larnaca, Cyprus, with an emphasis on INSAFE improving its ties with countries from outside Europe and assisting them in strengthening their awareness-raising initiatives and creating country appropriate resources, tools and procedures to help citizens and their families online across continents, cultures, and generations. “With almost 200 people attending the conference from over 40 different countries, this promises to be a watershed event. Our aim is to place internet safety high on the social agenda of all countries, because the capacity of young people to take advantage of the opportunities that the Internet offers and safely navigate the risks, will impact all areas of their life and hence also on the future of society,” said Janice Richardson, INSAFE Coordinator, of the conference which is co-funded by the European Commission as part of the Safer Internet Programme. “In a rapidly changing world with technological advancements impacting all aspects of our lives, protecting our children within the infinite worlds of cyberspace becomes a top, but at the same time increasingly complex priority. Bringing experts from 43 countries, representing diverse types of stakeholders, at a time when Cyprus is taking over the presidency of the Council of European Union, the conference offers a unique opportunity to shape the future of cyberspace safety for future generations” said Dr. Yiannis Laouris, Safer Internet Center (Cyberethics) director. In line with Safer Internet Day 2012, panelists will explore the positive effect that the digital world can have on parenting, grandparenting and connecting generations. With young people spending time online, doing a multitude of activities, including publishing their own content, alongside a worldwide socio-economic shift that has resulted in increased grandparental involvement in children’s lives, all generations in the family need to understand what being online means, from the opportunities to the risks. We will look at how the untapped resource of grandparental life experience, knowledge and influence is being used to enhance the family unit a time when families need to work together. Key policymakers, industry leaders, educators, internet safety professionals, social and youth workers will discuss a range of issues over the three-day conference, exploring youth culture in terms of the underlying issues of grooming and sexting and the online sexual behavior of teens. Professionals will also share best practice on working with vulnerable users and how to improve their online experience, at a time when teenagers need to be resilient and empowered to manage their online identity in a responsible way, to be in control of their actions and the consequences. The conference will also provide a platform for looking to the future, how to implement strategies and resources to enhance child safety in the hyperconnected world of 2020 and beyond. Working towards the Safer Internet Programme’s new strategic framework aimed at strengthening and shaping online safety, the conference brings together children, parents, teachers and industry, to work collaboratively to heighten the resilience and sensibilities of young users to better benefit from the opportunities the internet offers them socially, culturally, and educationally. One session will concentrate on social media at the service of learning, with contributions from Israel, Cyprus and European Schoolnet (EUN). In this context EUN will discuss SMILE, – or Social Media in Learning and Education – its unique online learning laboratory for teachers from all over the world, funded by a Digital Citizenship Research Grant from Facebook. Local parent/child ‘duos’ will take part in a spontaneous international peek at privacy, identity theft and online reputation, sharing the stage with Safer Internet Day Competition winners from Romania, Greece and Croatia. This session will children and parent responses to searching questions on topics including the meaning of privacy in today’s world, how bridges can be built between generations, transferable strategies to protect against the phenomenon of “being famous at any price,” and the role of parents, grandparents and teachers in helping ensure that young people are safe online. Insafe’s International Conference raises the profile of the work being carried out by Safer Internet Centres in Europe and highlights the innovative resources being developed in order to encourage governments across Europe to strengthen the Safer Internet programme through research and greater attention paid to the impact of the internet on young people today. The conference is being held May 14-16, 2012 at the Golden Bay Beach Hotel, Larnaca, Cyprus, and is co-funded by the European Commission. It is also sponsored by Cyta, Vodafone, Microsoft and World Vision. For more information please visit http://www.saferinternet.org/conference2012. Visit the website http://www.saferinternet.org and that of your national awareness centre to get tips on how to protect your identity, data and privacy online. For Further information please contact: Iliada Spyrou at iliada@cnti.org.cy or 22873820 Dr. Yiannis Laouris at laouris@cnti.org.cy or 22873820

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One thought on “A Safe Internet in a Safe World Today, Tomorrow and Beyond

  1. Mark Garnham says:

    This is a fantastic initiative and we need to see more community activity like it. At Safe Worlds TV we undertake every possible security step to ensure users enjoy a safe and secure internet experience also.

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