GREECE Safer Internet Centre
Safer Internet Day is coordinated by the pan-European Awareness raising network, INSAFE, each year in February to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones. In Greece, the Awareness Centre Saferinternet.gr, as the representative of INSAFE, initiates and coordinates all activities and events on Safer Internet Day. The main aim of Saferinternet.gr is to encourage first of all as many schools, educators, and pupils as possible to participate, but also parents and parental associations, municipalities, enterprises and the industry of Internet to take action for making the Internet a better place for minors. All activities around Safer Internet Day are published on http://www.saferinternet.gr/sid.
Safer Internet Day 2014 - what we are doing to help create a better Internet
In light of this year’s theme “Let's create a better internet together”, the Greek SIC is co-organizing a high profile event in cooperation with the National Centre for Scientific Research “Demokritos”, held at the latter’s Conference Centre, in Athens.
In this context, the structure of this year’s main event will be very innovative, avoiding long lasting speeches and presentations, in an effort to foster the sense of ownership and leadership in children. For the first part of the conference students of selected primary and kindergarten schools will perform theatrical plays on online safety based on the children’s book drafted by Veronica Samara, coordinator of the Greek SIC, and George Kormas, scientific collaborator of the Greek helpline, entitled “The Internet Farm”. All plays will be assessed by a special committee and will receive awards accordingly.
In this way, we will encourage the youth to think about the creative power of the Internet, and how it can be used as a great tool in our every-day lives. We cannot create a better internet without them, after all!
The Greek Awareness Centre Saferinternet.gr and the Internet safety campaign running in Greece since 2004, are implemented with the co-funding of the European Commission, within the framework of the Safer Internet programme.
For the implementation of our goals, the Greek Awarenes Centre is implementing a variety of awareness activities such as conducting informative seminars towards the wider public, train-the-trainers workshops for educators, promotion of issues concerning internet safety to the mass media, creation of polymorphic online an print material and TV and radio campaigns. The Awareness Centre collaborates with representatives from the government, the online technologies industry as well as NGOs in Greece and abroad, which have as primary goal the provision of a safer online environment.
The Greek Saferinternet Awareness Centre is the national representative for Greece of the Insafe Network of Safer Internet Awareness Centres, with 30 members across Europe and Russia. Within the Insafe network, Saferinternet.gr exchanges ideas, experiences, best practices and informative material with its fellow awareness centres.
The non-profit organization Safer Internet Hellas is coordinating the Greek Awareness Centre.
Besides Saferinternet.gr, the Greek Safer Internet Centre consists of two further axes: the Greek hotline Safeline and the helpline YpoSTIRIZO.