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Safer Internet Day 2015 in the Netherlands

Temptations and pitfalls, but also room for creativity and ideas. Internet and online media quickly became part of the lives of children and youth. They get in contact with everything. Sometimes those temptations and pitfalls are large, sometimes too large. What is still "real"  for them? How do children deal with this? How do they see the future of online media? What is their role as a media maker? And how can professionals already anticipate on trends and shifts in the online media landscape for young people?

During a conference - titled Young people create the future - we look at how children and young people deal with such as online advertising (which automatically leads to questions about responsible online advertising), we wonder what works and what does not and ask why. We also show how children look at it themselves now and in the future. And make some clear examples how could it. The Dutch Safer Internet Center organises this symposium for all stakeholders in FOX Theater in Hoofddorp, togehter with her partners (KPN, UPC, Ziggo, SIDN, CA-ICT, IBM, Vodafone, T-Mobile, ministry of Economic Affairs) and with Sanoma, a media company with for instanse Donald Duck in its portfolio.
In the evening parents can participate in interactive theater about the impact of social media on their youngsters. Played by theatergroup Playback.
And above all 1,6 million kids (and parents) will read the special mini edition of the popular magazin Donald Duck, spread with the regular Donald Duck.
As part of the EU Safer Internet Program, (before: Digibewust) raises awareness and informs Dutch citizens about using the internet and new technologies in a safe and responsible way. is launched in October 2014 as national website for all answers on questions about online safety. Next to this website initiaties, coordinates and participates in a broad range of national activities and initiatives for different target groups, including children, parents and teachers. For instance the succesfull website, created for young people who need information, advise or help with online problems as online bullying, abuse, grooming, etc.
As part of the public private partnership program Digiveilig (, has a strong network of national stakeholders which support the awareness centre by knowledge, experience and contacts. UPC, KPN, Ziggo, NVB, IBM, SIDN, CA-ICT and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs are, next to the European Commission, funding the program. works closely with the national hotline combatting child pornograpfhy on the Internet: Meldpunt Kinderponro op Internet. Togehter, both organizations form the national Safer Internet Centre which recieves funding from the European Commission. Meldpunt receives and handles reports from Dutch citizens about sexual abuse on the Internet. Besides the reporting website, Meldpunt also operates a reporting website where youngsters and their parents can report if they have been confronted with online sexual abuse.


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