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Belgian Safer Internet Centre

Child Focus is an ‘all-in-one’-organisation, combining all aspects of the Safer Internet Centre under one roof: an awareness centre, a hotline for child abuse images on the internet and as from May 2011 also a helpline. These activities are funded by the European Commission under the Safer Internet Programme. 
The Belgian Safer Internet Centre centre seeks to give children, parents and teachers advice and tips on how to avoid risks when using the Internet. At the same time the centre emphasizes the positive aspects of using information and communication technologies. A strong and large network of national stakeholders works very intensively together in the development of tools, giving advice and information on new technologies. Furthermore, these stakeholders helps us to disseminate information.
National campaigns
As Belgian Safer Internet Centre Child Focus coordinates the Belgian celebration of Safer Internet Day and launches different campaigns on internet safety in collaboration with industry, Ministries and other partners.Child Focus develops awareness raising tools on safe and responsible use of the Internet and informs parents, teachers and the public about children’s use of the internet and new technologies. The aim is to provide children, parents and teachers information and tools for guidance and to empower children using information and communication technologies. All tools and information is developed in Dutch as well as French and can be found on


Reaching different target groups

Working in a targetgroup-specific manner is one of the cornerstones of the Belgian Safer Internet Centre. We believe every target group has its one specificities and needs a different, targeted approach. Therefore, Child Focus developed different strategies for different target groups. The Awareness centre gives regularly presentations for parents in schools, institutions... about children’s use of internet and provides parents with information and educational advice. The focus for teachers is being let on training them in how to handle cyberbullying and offering them ready-made, easy-to-use educational resources they can use to teach e-safety. Young people are approached by a combined strategy of online and offline tools.


Youth Panel

Child Focus sets great store by the expertise and self-regulation of young people themselves. We feel it is very important to view young people as informants with qualified knowledge when talking about safe use of the Internet. Children are considered as competent and their insights are perceived as valuable contributions – they have something to say which cannot be said by anyone but themselves. 
Therefore, young people are involved in the design of awareness raising actions, tools and materials. Via our Youth Panels, we stay in touch with teenagers, to know what’s hot and what’s not among young people, which are the problems they encounter and what is their view on our awareness raising campaigns. They also play an active and creative role in the development of peer-to-peer communication tools for young people.
National collaboration

The Belgian Safer Internet Centre is highly respected, consulted and seen as key resource and knowledge centre for e-safety. The centre has a large network of relevant stakeholders (government, law enforcement, industry, non- governmental and welfare organisations...) and is regularly consulted for information, training, advice and collaboration.
Safer Internet Day 2015
For Child Focus, Safer Internet Day is the occasion to raise awareness and remind all Belgian citizens and organisations that online safety is a shared responsibility. All stakeholders, from children to parents, politicians and industry have a key role to play to make the internet a better place for all of us. Safer Internet day is the ideal moment to do so, side by side with all actors and organisations.

Online safety of children is, with the fight against missing and sexually exploited children, one of the cornerstones of Child Focus. As Belgian Safer Internet Centre, Child Focus is taking different actions: the awareness center of Child Focus develops tools and provides tips for children, teens, parents and professionals ( ). In order to make the internet a safer place for children, Child Focus runs the civil hotline where all citizens can report images of sexual abuse. Finally, Child Focus runs a Helpline for a Safer Internet ( for everyone with a question on safer internet for children.

Building on the success of last year’s campaign, this year’s SID will keep the same strapline of “Let’s create a better internet together”. For the 12th edition, which will take place on Tuesday 10 February 2015, Child Focus will raise awareness among different actors by organizing actions at different levels.
In collaboration with Kinepolis, Child Focus will organize the exclusive projection of the movie Disconnect for youth in 10 movie theaters in the whole country, which will be followed by a debate and questions and answer session (30 min.) animated by an expert of Child Focus or by one of its partners on the issues of internet and online privacy. We are expecting between 7500 and 10.000 children aged 10-16 years old to attend this event.
Before the movie, we will show our prevention spots “Charlie” about “Grooming”, “Sexting”, “Surfing” and “X”. They are also viewable on our Media Center on our website.
Our partners are all expert in the field of media knowlegde and promote a safe and responsible use of internet:  Cert.beMediaRaven, University of Antwerp, Steunpunt Algemeen Welzijnswerk vzwLinc vzwMediawijs, University of Ghent, Yapaka and Délégué Général aux droits de l’enfantand in total we have 12 speakers/experts organizing a debate in one of the movie theaters. 
In addition, in collaboration with the University of Antwerpen, we will do an impact measurement of the first 2000 subscribed students. 
Furthermore, our Majesty, Queen Mathilde, who has  a special interest in working with vulnerable people, in particular with children,and who is our Goodwill Ambassador, will attend and actively participate in our debate in Brussels. 

Child Focus will raise awareness and encourage actors from all fields (teachers, youth organisations, scouts,… ) to take action and set up an activity around e-safety. In order to help them, Child Focus will send a letter to all of them. All organisations willing to participate in Safer Internet Day 2015, are invited to register their activity on our online platform in order to share best practices and raise visibility! We also have a page were all registrered activities will be summarized, in order to have a view of what will happen in Belgium to raise awareness.
Child Focus will organize e-safety lessons/workshops in schools with its corporate partners. This awareness project entitled “« Internet : du fun en toute sécurité »  is targeted for elementary schools in Belgium. Together with Proximus and Microsoft, two leaders in the online world, Child Focus is organising local initiatives around this theme. On 10 February 2015, 370 sessions on the safe use of internet will take place in 185 schools and will be given by 160 volunteers, who will be trained by Child Focus in advance. The sessions will highlight the opportunities of social media and promote a safe, responsible and critical use of it. 
Press will be there, as in one of the schools, the Director of Proximus, Domonique Leroy, and Microsoft will be present in one of the classes and actively participate. 
Through social media, Child Focus will also be present post tips every two hours. Twitter: @ChildFocusNL and @ChildFocusFR #SIDBEL2015
For more information, please contact or call at 02/475.44.77
On SID 2015: What will you do? 

Making the online world a better world needs the involvement of all actors. This is the reason why Child Focus will raise awareness among different actors: through a competition for children, local initiatives for parents, with a charter of recommendations from children to politicians and industry. Communication and education are key elements to prevent harmful or unwanted things happening to children. If we want to foster the positive and eliminate the negative and protect the child’s rights on the internet, we have to teach them the responsible use of it, we have to explain them how to avoid risks, we have to talk with them about internet in an open and positive way. Safer Internet Day is a great occasion to remind all stakeholder their own responsibility to make it happen.