POLAND Safer Internet Centre
SAFER INTERNET DAY celebrations in Poland are coordinated by the Polish Safer Internet Awareness Centre: Nobody's Children Foundation and NASK.
Events planned for Safer Internet Day 2013
- Safer Internet Day press conference in Warsaw. The conference is mainly intended for the media, but representatives of educational sector, ngos, law enforcement and government will be also invited. Members of the Polish Advisory Board will participate too.
- A lecture by the Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Poland on "Rights and responsibilities in the online world"
- An interactive debate on "Rights and Responsibilities Online" featuring 6 experts from the field
- A session with 5-minutes presentations from partnerson their initiatives on child safety online
- Decentralized SID model. Local events across the country organized by local partners. The initiatives related to children’s online safety will be undertaken by schools, libraries, industry partners, local media and local ngos. The actions may include talks to children & parents at schools, local media campaigns, school theatres’ performances, school competitions, etc. All ideas can be registered via www.saferinternetday.pl website. The website allows local organisers to view initiatives according to regions, so they can see what’s going on in the neigbourhood and it gives them an opportunity for joining forces for future wider actions. Due to the winter holidays in many parts of Poland, the initiatives can be registered until the end of February. All submitted initiatives will take part in competitions with valuable prizes. The winners will be announced in March.
- Media outreach: dissemination of the press release, interviews, media appearances.
About the Polish Safer Internet Centre
The Polish Safer Internet Center was established in 2005 within the European Commission's Safer Internet Programme. It is run by the Nobody’s Children Foundation (Fundacja Dzieci Niczyje - FDN) and NASK (Research and Academic Computer Network).
Nobody’s Children Foundation is a nonprofit non-governmental organization, which since 1991 has been providing a broad scope of assistance for abused children, their families and caregivers. The Foundation runs advocacy centre for abused children, organises and implements many projects related to the problem of child abuse and provides training courses to different groups of professionals. Since 2004 NCF has been working in the field of Internet safety. More information on www.fdn.pl
NASK has been operating since 1993 as a research and development entity. It is a pioneer of the Polish Internet and one of the leading tele-IT operators. NASK maintains the national register of “pl” domain names and conducts scientific research. For a number of years it has been contributing to the content of the Polska.pl educational portal. It is within NASK that the CERT Polska team operates, responding to events violating Internet safety. More information on www.nask.pl
The Polish SaferInternet Center implements three projects:
- Saferinternet.pl - comprehensive awareness-raising activities aimed at promoting safe use of the Internet and new technologies by children and young people. The project is implemented by NCF and NASK in cooperation with the Orange Foundation. The Nobody’s Children Foundation acts as a coordinator of the Polish Awareness Centre.
- Helpline.org.pl - project under which support is offered to young Internet users, parents and professionals encountering threats related to the use of the Internet and mobile phones by children and young people. Project implemented by the NCF and the Orange Foundation.
- Dyżurnet.pl - Hotline receiving reports of illegal Internet content, such as child abuse images, racism and xenophobia. Project implemented by NASK.
The Polish Awareness Centre run by NASK and Nobody's Children Foundation, has been implementing Saferinternet.pl project since 2005.
The project comprises comprehensive awareness-raising activities promoting safe and responsible use of the Internet and new technologies by children and young people. Activities carried out by the Polish Awareness Centre include:
- Media Campaigns
The majority of media campaigns implemented under the Saferinternet.pl project are run as part of the "Child on the Web" programme by the "Nobody’s Children" Foundation. They are aimed at drawing public attention to the threats related to Internet use by children and at promoting positive attitudes towards safety of young Internet users among children, young people and parents.
Selected media campaigns:
You never know who’s at the other side (2005) – campaign devoted to the problem of grooming on the Internet.
On duty online (2006) – campaign aimed at making Internet users sensitive to the existence of illegal online content – child abuse images in particular.
The Internet is a window to the world. The entire world (2007) – campaign dealing with the problem of children’s exposure to dangerous content.
Stop cyberbullying (2008) – campaign related to the problem of peer violence with the use of the Internet and mobile phones.
Block bullying online (2009) – campaign related to cyberbullying and children safety on social networking sites.
The “Child on the Web” educational campaign “Child on the Web” campaign has been run since 2004 by the Nobody’s Children Foundation in cooperation with the Orange Foundation. Within the campaign, various educational resources for children, parents and professionals are offered: lesson plans, e-learning courses, multimedia materials (presentations, films, cartoons), and publications (brochures, posters, comic books, books). The educational materials are distributed to primary and junior high schools throughout Poland and are available at www.dzieckowsieci.pl. The e-learning platform can be accessed at www.kursy.dzieckowsieci.pl.
Sieciaki.pl educational project
Sieciaki.pl is an educational project by Nobody’s Children Foundation, targeted at Internet users aged 6-12. It aims at promoting knowledge in the field of Internet use, as well as certifying and promoting safe Internet websites for children. The project’s main element is www.sieciaki.pl site. Its users take part in educational games, quizzes and competitions. The Sieciaki na Wakacjach (Sieciaki on Holidays) summer campaign, run in cooperation with the Orange Foundation and offering field events, concerts and educational events for children, is another important element of the project.
Training and conferences
Training and conferences on the topic of children’s safety online are targeted at the representatives of the educational sector, NGO, law enforcement agencies, government and industry. Every year, under the patronage of the EU’s Commissioner for Media and Information Society, a “Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online” International Conference is organized under the project, during which Polish and foreign innovative projects are presented alongside the latest advances in the field of fighting illegal Internet content (www.konferencja.saferinternet.pl).
Safer Internet Day
The International Safer Internet Day is organized annually in February and aims at voicing the problem of on-line safety and at promoting initiatives fostering safe access of children and youths to Internet resources. The Polish Safer Internet Day organizers encourage schools and other institutions to undertake educational actions locally for promoting children’s Internet safety. Those initiatives are registered at www.dbi.pl and take part in competitions with attractive prizes.
Child-Friendly Internet Cafe
This project is implemented by NASK. Its objective is to enhance the level of safety of children and young people visiting Internet cafes. Under this campaign, the cafes that meet the specified safety standards, receive a “Child friendly Internet cafe” diploma.
Consultations with children
Consultations with children and young people, held on a regular basis, allow to design effective educational tools and media campaigns, and to evaluate the actions in progress. Such consultations are held during meetings of the Youth Panel made up of 13 and 14-year-old students, as well as through contacts with users of the Sieciaki.pl portal.
Surveys, reports, analyses
Systematic surveys concerning the scope of knowledge, experience and attitudes related to threats that children encounter on the Internet form the basis for planning media-related and educational activities, and provide directions for the project’s development. The surveys are taken part in by children and young people, as well as by their parents and other professionals.