The 14th International Conference "Keeping children and young people safe online" is devoted to a broad spectrum of issues related to the safety of children and young people on the internet. It is addressed to the representatives of the education sector, NGOs, the judiciary and law enforcement agencies and internet content service providers. The conference aims at raising awareness about the new challenges and opportunities in fighting online threats as well as at popularizing best practices across different sectors.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year's edition will be conducted in new formula. On 29th and 30th of September 2020 plenary sessions of the conference will take place at the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw.
The conference's workshops will take place entirely in form of an online meetings on 1st and 2nd of October 2020. All presented workshops available in english.
The conference is organised by the Polish and German Safer Internet Centres, which have been working together within the European Commission's Connecting Europe Facility Program. The co-organizer of the event is International Telecommunication Union. The main partner of the conference is the Orange Foundation and Google Poland is partner. The event is held under the honorary patronage of Polish Ministry of Digital Afffairs, Ministry of National Education and the Commissioner for Human Rights.
Workshops - 01.10.2020
|Workshop 1||Workshop 2|
|09.00 - 10.30||
Global Child Online Protection (COP) Guidelines
Jarosław Ponder, ITU, Carla Liciardello, ITU, David Wright
Online Personae vs. Offline Consequences - Idolization, imitation, incrimination, immolation
Christian Kubiak, eco, Gala Garcia Frühling, s.i.n.us Network
|10.45 - 12.15||
How do young people use YouTube? Chances and risks of the video platform
Stefanie Rack, klicksafe, Nadine Eikenbusch, klicksafe
|12.30 - 14.00||Children in Social Media - between participation and protection
Marlen Korn, Jugendschutz.net, Nina Lübbesmeyer, Jugendschutz.net
Workshops - 02.10.2020
|09.00 - 10.30||Tackling Online Hate Speech with the SELMA toolkit- |
Sabrina Vorbau, EUN, Stefanie Fächner, LMK
|10.45 - 12.15||Media education in times of Corona - how can we support parents and families? -|
Lidia de Reese, FSM, Nina Pirk, Nummer gegen Kummern
Abstracts of the workshops
09.00 - 10.30
Global Child Online Protection (COP) Guidelines - Jaroslaw Ponder, ITU, Carla Liciardello, ITU, David Wright
In a world where the Internet permeates almost every aspect of life, keeping young users safe online has emerged as an increasingly urgent issue. ITU developed its very first set of COP Guidelines in 2009. Since then, the Internet has evolved beyond all recognition. While it has become an infinitely richer resource for children to play and learn, today's children face many risks online. The 2020 ITU Guidelines on Child Online Protection are a comprehensive set of recommendations for all relevant stakeholders on how to contribute to the development of a safe and empowering online environment for children and young people. Currently the COP Guidelines are being rolled out across the world. In Europe, under the ITU Regional Initiative on Cybersecurity, over 10 countries will take necessary steps to kick off the roll out, while the others will follow in 2021.
Online Personae vs. Offline Consequences - Idolization, imitation, incrimination, immolation -Christian Kubiak, eco, Gala Garcia Frühling, s.i.n.us Network
Being and interacting online has become an essential part of growing up, highly influenced by social media, its idols and their perspective of "correct and incorrect" and its constant availability everywhere. This workshop is aiming at providing an overview of current risks endangering the positive online experience of minors, focusing on the interaction between (supposed) friends online and the results felt on- and offline. By teaming up, Christian Kubiak (Consultant at the eco Complaints Office) and Gala Garcia Frühling (Head of of the s.i.n.us-Network) will elaborate from different perspectives on those risks and support the audience in teaching minors to profit from the benefits of being online. While the eco Complaints Office is directly and daily involved in the fight against illegal and youth endangering content online, the s.i.n.us-Network is dedicated to provide educational institutions/schools with tools, knowledge and material for efficient risk-prevention.
10.45 - 12.15
How do young people use YouTube? Chances and risks of the video platform - Stefanie Rack, klicksafe, Nadine Eikenbusch, klicksafe
Everyone loves YouTube, right? It's the most popular platform young people use and it opens up opportunities, but also holds some risks. Who can you believe? What interests do YouTubers have? Are they positive role models? klicksafe has published a number of materials to inform and educate both students and parents. In our workshop we will shortly present our teaching material as well as the parents' brochure and family checklist to showcase how we deal with the topic.
12.30 - 14.00
Children in Social Media - between participation and protection - Marlen Korn, Jugendschutz.net, Nina Lübbesmeyer, Jugendschutz.net
YouTube, Instagram and TikTok - social media services have become an essential part in the lives of young children, even if its use is usually permitted from 13 years on. Showing products in front of the camera, taking a tour through the children's rooms, doing "challenges" - children imitate what others do, often without their parents' consent. And who could blame them - of course it's fun! However, if they want to experience the internet free of troubles they need a safe environment. And they have a right to it, in the most literal sense of the word: children have the legal right to be protected from dangers online. And they have a right to participation, support, and advancement in the digital world. Pedagogical experts have to deal with these challenges. Therefore we would like to discuss the following questions: What risks should we consider when children use online platforms? What can educators and parents do to allow children safe experiences online?
09.00 - 10.30
Tackling Online Hate Speech with the SELMA toolkit - Sabrina Vorbau, EUN, Stefanie Fächner, LMK
Online hate speech is a growing problem. The SELMA project believes that education is part of the solution, and that young people can and should be empowered to become agents of change in their communities. That is why the SELMA Toolkit offers comprehensive and hands-on solutions to approach the complex issue of online hate with young people aged 11-16. In total, the toolkit offers over 100 free, easy-to access resources, which are currently being translated into Polish. In this workshop (in English) the general SELMA approach and the toolkit will be shortly introduced and participants will have the opportunity to get to know and try out some of the activities.
10.45 - 12.15
Media education in times of Corona - how can we support parents and families? -Lidia de Reese, FSM, Nina Pirk, NgK
In the last months, the lives of many people have changed a lot and despite reducing corona restrictions many parents still face the challenge of balancing work, homeschooling and childcare. When children cannot easily meet their friends or grandparents, media use plays an even greater role. It is challenging for parents to meet their responsibility in media education and the needs of their children. Support was offered by services such as the German platform Elternguide.online for media education in families with webinars for parents during the corona crisis. The German helpline Nummer gegen Kummer offering counselling to young people as well as parents has extended its operating hours. Based on these experiences the workshop will focus on discussing the changed media use in families and how media education initiatives can offer advice and support. What are questions and challenges voiced by parents and how can services meet the needs of parents and families?
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