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SeguraNet week Initiative

The awareness team for the Portuguese Schools (Seguranet) will be promoting, between 10-14th of February 2014, activities that engage all the school community and students' families accordingly to the theme ‘Let's create a better Internet together’. For this, a special webpage was created (http://www.seguranet.pt/semana2014) so that the school community can find most of the resources and awareness tools produced by the consortium destined to children, teenagers, teachers, parents and educators. At the same time schools groups (a school group has in average 8 schools) can report their initiatives, creating a dynamic agenda of the whole week activities. Suggestions and tutorials on initiatives and activities are also available.

SID Microsoft Volunteer Scheme 2014

Microsoft will lead, on the 11th of February, the partnership Microsoft Volunteer Scheme that will gather more than 100 volunteers from private institutions to perform Internet Safety training sessions in schools, a work that counts with the involvement of Portuguese Municipalities and also Non-governmental Organizations that work with disadvantaged publics.

SID 2014 on the ICT & Society Network
The Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) prepared a kit with all the resources and tutorials of the Safer Internet Centre (SIC) developed for awareness and training initiatives for children, teenagers, educators, parents and social workers. Then, all over the country, Municipalities, Public libraries, NGO's, Digital Inclusion Centres, Public Libraries, School Libraries, City Halls, Parishes, Cultural and Leisure Associations, amongst other institutions that work towards the improvement of digital literacy and digital safety, received an invitation to promote activities locally. The SIC provides guidance and physical tools to support the activities. More than 45000 booklets and leaflets are being sent. These activities will take place between the 10th and the 28th of February 2014.
No Hate Campaign Competition
IPDJ, the helpline coordinator of the PT SIC, will mark Safer Internet Day by organizing an online competition destined people with less than 30 years old. Each competitor must create a video (with 60 seconds at most) that contains a reference to the theme of the SID 2014 “let’s create a better Internet together”, a reference to the No Hate Speech Campaign and finally the contacts of the helpline. The Competition was launched through the Portal of Youth and IPDJ social networks.
Fórum Estudante Magazine
The February edition of the youth magazine “Fórum Estudante” will feature a two page feature on the Safer Internet Centre with information on how to prevent and deal with cyberbullying. The PT SIC Helpline is also presented as a tool to receive information and support to help children and/or teenagers that are in distress from cyberbullying related causes.
CADIN Social Network
During five days, namely the week of the SID 2014 to mark the event, the Safer Internet Centre will make presence in the social networks of “CADIN interactive” (an NGO that works with parents, schools and social workers specialized in addictive behaviors and cyberbullying) publishing information relevant to parents, educators and social workers that have direct contact with children and teenagers. 
It Gets Better Project (Portuguese branch)
In line with the No Hate Speech Campaign, the PT SIC will now be part of the ‘Seek Help’ section of the It Gets Better Project in Portugal, in order to tackle content that generates hate and violence based on sexual orientation discrimination and to give support to cyberbullying victims for the same reason. The partnership was also advertised in the Facebook page of the project.
Special Participation in the Family Talk Show «Portugal No Coração»
To mark the SID 2014, the PT SIC will have an hour exclusive in the afternoon family talk show «Portugal No Coração» to raise awareness about internet risks and safe behavior online. Short clips depicting live actions from the PT SIC will be shown during the show.

The Portuguese Ombudsman Partnership
To mark the SID 2014 the PT SIC will be featured in the Children’s Rights webpage of the Portuguese Ombudsman (Provedor da Justiça) with an article making reference to the importance of Internet Safety.

Habbo Hotel Awareness Action

The PT SIC alongside with Habbo Hotel Team with promote an activity to all players (children and teenagers) that are Portuguese language speakers. On the 6th of February it will be asked to all players waht are their biggest concerns about Internet Safety and Internet Risks. All the answers will be treated and grouped in major topics. On the 11th of February, during one hour, the PT SIC will be online in a special chat room with audience of 100+ to give advice on how to tackle the main issues and worries identified by the youngsters. Additionally, the Habbo Hotel team will release a Quizz on Internet Safety, for which the PT SIC lend the all the questions of the self-assessment tool Quizzes INES published to date.



The Portuguese Safer Internet Centre (Centro Internet Segura) is partnership of four entities, namely:

Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) is the main funding agency for research in Portugal also with the mission of coordinating the policies for the Information Society and mobilizing it through dissemination, qualification and research activities.  FCT is the main coordinator of the PT SIC and the technical coordinator of the hotline.

Directorate-General for Education (DGE) is under the Ministry of Education and Science, and amongst others, has the mission to conceive, develop and evaluate the initiatives concerning the use of Internet in schools and in learning processes. DGE is the coordinator of the awareness node for schools.

Portuguese Institute for Sports and Youth (IPDJ) a public institute that addresses sports and youth, having in its mission also the promotion of scientific and technical knowledge, particularly concerning ICT, as a way to prepare, train and support the community, mostly young people. IPDJ is the technical coordinator of the helpline.

Microsoft Portugal is part of Microsoft Corporation with a key role in the spreading of information technology usage and the promotion of digital inclusion with a strong input in educational activities. Security is one of the areas where Microsoft has been working with public and private institutions to promote the safe usage of information technologies.

Mission and structure

The Internet Segura Project started in 2007 was created under the strategic orientation to assure privacy and security in the use of the Internet, more specifically, to guarantee that all the citizens have access and are able to access and to manage tools that can protect them from the risks that might derive from the use of the Internet. The main goals of the project are: to report illegal contents in the Internet, to minimize the effects of illegal and harmful contents ; to promote the safe use of the Internet and to raise awareness in society for the risks associated to the use of the Internet.

Action Nodes

a. An Awareness Node – with an objective to educate and raise awareness among the general public about online safety, with a particular focus on raising awareness of children, parents and teachers on how to stay safe online. This work is mostly led by FCT when it comes to the general public and the DGE when it comes to the school community.

b. A Hotline – Linha Alerta, for the public to report illegal content on the Internet in an anonymous way.  After receiving a report, FCT works in partnership with the online industry, law enforcement, government, and international partners to eliminate or diminish the accessibility of this content, specifically child pornography images hosted anywhere in the world.

c. A Helpline – Linha Ajuda, to provide help to children, young people and adults with any online safety question they may have and to give support to the ones that are facing problems themselves.  The helpline provides phone, email and online chat services.

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