Links to sites conducting research in this field
Eurobarometer Survey on Safer Internet 2005
This is the link to the Eurobarometer 2005 report which presents the survey findings regarding the attitude of European Union citizens towards illegal and harmful content on the Internet and their knowledge of how to protect their children against it. The Eurobarometer Survey covers 25 Member States, candidate and acceding countries and was conducted in December 2005. This link also provides access to the findings obtained from the previous Eurobarometer Survey 2003-2004.
SAFT Survey 2006
URL: To be updated
This is the link to the SAFT - Safety, Awareness, Facts and Tools - cross-European project funded by the EU Commission's Internet Action Plan. SAFT aims to promote safe use of the Internet among children and young people. More specifically, SAFT wants to teach children and teenagers how to reduce 'risk' and be responsible Internet users. It also works to empower parents, educators and the Internet Industry to help the children reach this goal. The SAFT project will educate regarding problems such as inaccurate information, harmful material, intrusive advertising and online harassment, while emphasising the positive aspects of use among young people.
MEDIAPPRO: A European Research for New Media Appropriation by Youth
This is the link to an applied research project and its final report on media education (media appropriation) called MEDIAPPRO and supported by the EU Commission's Safer Internet Action Plan. Between January 2005 and June 2006, universities, government ministries, associations and foundations from 9 European countries - Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal and United Kingdom - specializing in media education, designed a study to explore how young people between the ages of 12-18, appropriate digital media, including networks and portable media, such as the Internet, mobile phones and video games. A similar survey was also carried out during the same period in Quebec, Canada. This complementary approach allows for comparison and a better understanding of the situation in Europe and North America.
Educaunet: Critical Educational Approach to Internet Risks (1/10/2002 - 31/07/2004)
This is the link to the Educaunet research programme on media education for young people funded by the Safer Internet Action Plan. Educaunet aimed to teach young people about the Internet and the possible risks linked to its use. Its goal was to implement a European awareness campaign and training sessions for those involved in education: teachers, parents and educators. For this purpose, a European set of teaching materials has been produced by the seven European countries in the Educaunet partnership.
SafeBorders Project (1/10/2002 - 31/03/2004)
This is the link to SafeBorders project supported by the Safer Internet Action Plan which was to establish a cohesive European network to promote and support awareness aimed at the protection of children and teenagers using the Internet. SafeBorders targeted directly five partner countries, namely Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. Work in these countries was mainly carried out through the enhancement of existing, mostly informal sub-networks.
World Internet Project
URL: To be updated
The World Internet Project (WIP) is a major, international, collaborative project looking at the social, political and economic impact of the Internet and other new technologies.
Founded by the USC Annenberg School Center for the Digital Future in the United States in 1999, the WIP now has more than 20 partners in countries and regions all over the world, including Singapore, Italy, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Macao, South Korea, Sweden, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Hungary, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Portugal, Australia, Bolivia, India, Iran, Estonia and the Czech Republic.
Pew Internet & American Life Project
Pew Internet & American Life Project is a non-profit research center studying the social effects of the Internet on Americans. It provides analytical reports as well as access to questionnaires and data files drawing on a series of studies carried out by Pew.
Links to newsletters
Insafe is a European network of 23 nodes in 21 countries, dedicated to raising awareness of internet safety. It includes a broad range of organisations such as charities, universities and media councils. Insafe is coordinated by European Schoolnet and gets the support of the European Commission's Safer Internet Programme. It issues monthly newsletters devoted to research and other developments in raising awareness of internet safety around Europe
The Net Family Newsletter is published in partnership with SafeKids.com and Childnet International. This is the link to an index of issues of the weekly newsletter for 2006 only. It also provides other links to previous years' newsletters and complete archives for 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, as well as an index of the monthly 'The Sage Letter'. You can sign up at http://www.netfamilynews.org/subscribe.htm
Founded in 1998, i-SAFE Inc. publishes a series of i-SAFE newsletters on Internet safety education. i-SAFE is a nonprofit foundation whose mission is to educate and empower students, parents, seniors and community members safely and responsibly to take control of their Internet experiences. This is the latest newsletter dedicated to internet safe use in family.
The Quality Assurance and Content Description project (Quatro) aims to help internet users find what they want, trust what they find and avoid material that, for whatever reason, they choose not to see. This will be achieved by devising a common method that can be used by quality labelling and rating schemes, privacy and security policies, classification and discovery metadata, permissioning and rights management systems. In short, it is one system with many uses.
Internet safety newsletter (Archive)
URL: To be updated
This is a series of newsletters published by the Australian government's Internet Safety Advisory Body that provides practical advice on Internet safety, parental control and filters for the protection of children, students and families.
Youth Protection Roundtable Newsletter
This is a project funded in the framework of the Safer Internet Programme of the European Commission. one overarching goal is to develop a common strategy embedded in the cultural situation to prevent children and youth from encountering unwanted and harmful content while using the Internet. The Mission of the Youth Protection Roundtable is to establish an intercommunicable socio-technical approach to youth protection. Users - responsible adults in the case of minors - should be empowered to make their own decisions on how to deal with harmful and unwanted content on the Internet.
Links to other relevant sites
(e.g. awareness nodes, NGOs, Safer Internet Programme and projects)
Insafe is a network of national nodes that coordinate Internet safety awareness in Europe and the website provides comprehensive and up-to-date information on activities and research across Europe aiming to empower citizens to use the Internet, as well as other information and communication technologies, safely and effectively.
Safer Internet Programme website
The website of the EU Safer Internet plus programme aims to provide information and links to activities and research relating to the safer use of the Internet and new online technologies, particularly for children, as part of a coherent approach by the European Union. In summer 2008 EU Kids Online contributed to the Programme's consultation exercise on Age Verification, Cross Media Rating and Social Networking - the results of that consultation can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/sip/public_consultation/index_en.htm
International Association of Internet Hotlines website
INHOPE is the International Association of Internet Hotlines and was founded in 1999 under the EC Safer Internet Action Plan. The website aims to provide information and links to activities and events relating to Internet Hotlines all over the world, supporting them in their aim to respond to reports of illegal content to make the Internet safer.
Childnet International website
Childnet International is only one example of international non-profit organisation the mission of which is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children. Childnet works in 3 main areas of Access, Awareness, Protection & Policy. On this website more links to relevant sites and other organisations are provided.
This cite lists resources/links to other sites relating to Internet safety
Links to policy documents
Safer Children in a Digital World: The Report of the Byron Review
In the UK the Prime Minister ask Tanya Byron to assemble a team to review of the risks children face from the internet and video games. Several background reports weed commissioned, as well as rounds of consultations with experts and some independent empirical research. The report was released in March 2008