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6th International Conference 'Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online''

Published on: 31.10.12
Source: Nobody's Children Foundation / Stiftung Digitale Chancen

57 speakers, nearly 600 participants from over 20 countries. On 20-21 September 2012, for the sixth time already, Warsaw hosted experts from all over Europe, who are dealing with issues of Internet use by children and adolescents.

The 6th International Conference 'Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online'' was organised by the Polish and German Safer Internet Centres. The main partner of the conference was The Orange Foundation. The event was held under the honorary patronage of:

The Warsaw event brought together over 550 representatives from the education sector, NGOs, law enforcement, government and industry. It built upon the success of the previous editions, which have been held since 2007. The event enjoyed enormous popularity - almost 900 registrations were submitted.

The agenda of the Conference tackled comprehensively the issues related to the Internet use by children and young people. The conference addressed a wide variety of issues relating to children and young people’s safety online, such as Internet overuse, e-commerce and privacy issues, social networking sites, fighting illegal online content. It also presented the latest research results and highlighted the best education strategies to keep children and young people safe on the Internet.

The sessions were led by recognised international experts working in the field of Internet, new media and children’s welfare. One of the presentations introduced the project SocialWeb - SocialWork, a knowledge enhancement project in the Safer Internet Programme funded by the European Commission with partners from Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland and Spain, coordinated by Stiftung Digitale Chancen, Germany. The project has one overarching objective: improving children's online safety by availing the positive energy and influence of social work on children and youths at risk.

The languages of the conference were English and Polish. Simultaneous translation was provided.

The conference recognized that no one institution can be responsible for children’s online safety and highlighted the need for organizations from various sectors to cooperate for safer Internet for children. The Conference provided also an additional stimulus for further intensification of co operation between EU and outside EU players present at the event.

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