SID 2012 Fairs: Large TV screens displayed videos on how to make reports to the Safer Internet Hotline and how to request help from the Safer Internet Helpline as well as TV spots related to Safer Internet. The events were broadcasted live by the CyBC national radio station. The fairs took place at MyMaLL Limassol on the 7th of February 2012 and at the Mall of Cyprus, Nicosia on the 11th of February 2012. During the event in Nicosia, students of the theatrical school Satirical performed mini-theatrical shows (invisible theatre) on cases like internet addiction, cyber bullying, etc. The mini theatrical shows were a great success as they attracted the public to the area of performance were they had the chance to talk to our representatives and receive leaflets and other informational material. The shows have been recorded and are available for viewing online here
Microsoft Booklet on Safer Internet: The booklet that was prepared by Microsoft, Young Volunteers and CyberEthics was disseminated at schools (1000 booklets) from June 2011 to September 2011. In the current reporting period the booklets have been distributed to all events that took place.
Series of Facebook workshops for parents with their children: Utilizing on the results of EU Kids Online, PCCPWC and CNTI have arranged in collaboration with the Youth Board of Cyprus to organize a series of workshops in all cities, using hands-on experience to train parents with their children how to use Facebook safely. All participants in the training receive the Facebook guide that has been translated by the Greek Safer Internet Centre as well as an information leaflet of the Helpline.
Peer Coaches with Microsoft and Young Volunteers: The Cyberethics team in collaboration with Microsoft Cyprus and Young Volunteers realized that the most effective way of reaching children and parents on issues of internet safety is to train some trainers among the student population. In this first effort, young children will be trained on internet safety issues, and they in turn will be responsible to educate other students and/or their parents on these issues.
SID 2012 Conference: Relying on the success of previous years on the SID Conference, the Consortium agreed to organize it once again focusing on connecting generations. Experts in the field were invited in the conference and the event attracted wide media attention as well as lots of participants (750 participants in total).
SID 2012 Video Competition: In order to actively engage youth in the Safer Internet cause and this year's theme on 'Connecting Generations' a video competition has been planned and implemented so as to empower young people to 'learn by doing'. Teams of students were invited to create a 3 minute video through which they were required to search, learn and be creative about internet safety. The competition was a success and the Consortium considers planning more competitions for the years to come that can have a direct impact on children.
Safer Internet Training: From January until March 2012 an extensive training has been put into motion targeting computer technicians, sociologists, psychologists and more specifically different governmental bodies, in order to train them on how to handle the Helpline in order to work as an operator and/or promote safer internet at their departments. The presentations of the training can be found online here
Going DigITal Europe-wide: European e-Skills Week 2012 highlights the continuing demand for skilled ICT users and professionals to drive a competitive and innovative Europe. This exciting campaign seeks to inform students, young professionals and SMEs about the range of opportunities that ICT-related jobs present.
Building on the success of the e-Skills Week 2010, this year's campaign will deliver an array of training events, conferences, competitions and activities across more than 30 European countries, culminating in a dedicated European e-Skills Week from 26 – 30 March 2012.
Insafe's First International Conference - Promoting Internet Safety Globally: Connecting Generations (14, 15 & 16 May 2012):
The Conference will provide a platform to:
Highlight cutting-edge research and trends emerging in the virtual arena;
Showcase, learn and exchange the good practice of Safer Internet Centres, Insafe's 'third country' Safer Internet Day (SID) Committees, Industry, academic and other partners across Europe to improve the safety of users;
Debate and investigate new challenges and solutions;
Take stock of the current situation as seen by young people, teachers and youth workers, psychologists, Insafe and Safer Internet Centres, and third country Safer Internet Day Committees, and with this information open meaningful and proactive lines of action for the road ahead;
Emerge from the Conference with the best ways to leverage the support of older generations across different cultures, sharing and using the knowledge and experience gained by research partners in Safer Internet Centres, National Awareness Centres and Insafe's 'third country' SID Committees;
Discuss and action how to pass the safety message baton to younger generations, so they can help their elders know more about current and future technology;
Gain momentum on better developing the resilience of young users so that they can better benefit from the huge array of opportunities the internet offers them socially, culturally, and educationally.