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Connected Generations 
Connected Generations is the name of the new project coordinated by the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, and that which is carrying forward the work of the former Youth Online Centre, an experience that came to a close in 2012. 

The project, which will be carried out over two years, foresees a collaboration involving Save the Children Italy, Telefono Azzurro, the Interior Ministry Postal Police and Communications Department, Child and Adolescents Watchdog Authorities, the E.D.I.  Cooperative and the Citizens Defense Movement, and proposes, more specifically, to:
  • promote awareness-raising and educational activities in schools across the country. Peer-educational activities with students and interactive seminars with teachers and parents are just a couple of the activities planned for the 216 schools, from lower secondary to secondary ones, that are involved in the project; 
  • create a network for adolescents at a national level, with the aim of promoting initiatives that can be used to carry their views to contexts and current and future agendas; 
  • promote interventions targeting the prevention and fight against the online sexual abuse of minors; 
  • promote the creation of networks at regional levels between the various actors involved in this issue: law enforcement, regional scholastic offices, public and private social services, etc.;
  • promote useful tools – including a helpline service – to provide support for children, adolescents and parents with regard to negative and/or problematical experiences inherent in the use of New Media. 

The project website is available here.

Safer Internet Day 2014

On the Safer Internet Day, the Safer Internet Centre will organize an event in the Teatro della Cometa, a famous theatre in the heart of Rome, with the participation of 250 students. Students will be attending the play "Nella rete" - a play on the on line experiences of three young boys and girls - and will be invited by two moderators to exchange their opinions about the issues concerned. The event will culminate in the launch of a national awareness raising campaign "Se mi posti, ti cancello". The on line based Campaign will target young girls and boys and will invite them to actively share their on line experiences by participating in the production of a web serie. For this purpose, a teaser trailer will be published and widely spread around the web and on TV.

The Campaign, which will run throughout the year with the active involvement of a wide range of stakeholders, will be presented in front of 250 students, invited in a Theathre in the Rome city centre to attend a play on the online experiences of young people on the Internet. Safer Internet Centre educators will moderate the event and the students will be actively involved in sharing their views, opinions and experiences.

The event will be also attended by high-level representatives from the Ministry of Education, which is the project Coordinator, and the project partners: Save the Children, Telefono Azzurro, The Child and Adolescents Watchdog Authority, The Postal Police and the Communications Department of the Ministry of the Interior, the Citizens Defence Movement, and the E.D.I. Cooperative.

On the 10th of February an opening event will be held in Milan, to launch the celebration of the Safer Internet Day in Italy. The conference “La rete che ci piace. Costruiamo insieme un web piĆ¹ sicuro per bambini e ragazzi” will represent an important occasion to discuss with children and adolescents not only about internet safety but especially about the positive aspects and contents that the web can offer them. The representatives of national and international institutions, NGOs and industries, as well as the main Italian stakeholders will all be present to work and discuss how we can create a better internet together. During the day, a dedicated hashtag #laretechecipiace will be available on the most important social network to give the opportunity to all the children and adolescent who want to recount their experience and express their opinion to intervene and be actively involved in the event. 

Safer Internet Day 2013

On the occasion of Internet Day 2013, an event will be held to present the new project in the presence of Education Minister Francesco Profumo. 
During the event, aside from that given by the Minister, contributions will be delivered by Ernesto Caffo (President of Telefono Azzurro), Valerio Neri (Director-General of Save the Children), Vincenzo Spadafora (Child and Adolescents Watchdog Authority), Antonio Apruzzese (Postal Police and Communications Department of the Interior Ministry), Antonio Longo (President of the Citizens Defense Movement), and Emilia Romano (E.D.I. Cooperative).
As a part of the event, a workshop that simulates activities will be carried out by students with Save the Children and Telefono Azzurro operators.
A video has also been produced for the occasion of Safer Internet Day that will be guaranteed maximum visibility, both online as well as through traditional media.

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