Argentina Safer Internet Day Committee - Asociación Civil Chicos.net
Last updated: 2021-01-29
About our SID activities
For Safer Internet Day (SID) 2021 we will carry out two awareness campaigns to promote a safe and positive use of social networks, together with Instagram and Tik Tok. We will also launch Digital Wellbeing guides for parents with the support of Instagram. Finally, we will send a mass mailing with recommendations for a safe, responsible and creative use of digital media in the time of the pandemic.
What we are doing to support the SID 2021 slogan of "Together for a better internet"…
In 2020 we have carried out a series of projects to encourage children, adolescents and families to take advantage of the opportunities offered by digital media. We've launched programs to promote maker activities, to train young people in communication issues and in human rights, and to help teachers introduce ICT in their classes. Find more about our projects in our website at www.chicos.net.
Chicos.net is a non-profit civil organisation that has been working since 1998 to improve the quality of life of children and adolescents. We design and implement initiatives that promote the fulfilment of children's rights.
Since 2005, we have been committed to promoting the safe, responsible and meaningful use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), promoting the full exercise of rights by children and adolescents in cyberspace. Our approach includes ICTs as facilitators of access to quality information and content, education, social and school inclusion, the right to expression and participation. We seek to minimise the risks for children in cyberspace through the development of participatory, intersectoral projects, focusing on the prevention of violence and the identification of risk situations in order to join forces in the construction of the "online protection route" at the national level, and with a regional projection, where the modes of action, intervention and prevention mechanisms are clear in the face of the scourges of online sexual abuse, grooming and child trafficking.
For five consecutive years we carried out the "Citizenship and Digital Literacy Week" in Argentina, in which we concentrated educational, participative and advocacy activities that contribute to make visible the need for the presence of children in the Digital, Educational and Protection Agenda of our country, with regional projection.
Our trajectory has allowed us to constitute ourselves as a partner organisation of Save the Children, an international entity that accompanies us in national and regional projects since 2006. We are part of Save the Children's PASC Network (Civil Society Support Program), as technical advisors in the ICT area, developing specific programmes to promote empowerment in the use of digital media in children and adolescents, strengthening their capacities and supporting them with specific training to minimise risks. We have also participated in initiatives with Plan International, ECPAT, the Inter-American Children's Institute (IIN), and the office of the UN Special Representative on Violence against Children (Marta Santos Pais), among many other allies. With the private sector, we work in partnership with Disney, Telecom, Facebook and Instagram.
In this context, in collaboration with other organisations, public agencies and the private sector, we promote research, study and training aimed at understanding the main global trends and demands about the issues we address. On the other hand, we carry out programmes aimed at the community in partnership with the state or private sector.
Since 2010 Chicos.net belongs to the RedNATIC-Network of Latin American Organisations for the Right of Children and Adolescents to the Safe and Responsible Use of ICTs (www.rednatic.net)- formed by 12 organisations in 8 Latin American countries. Organisations such as RedPapaz from Colombia, Paniamor from Costa Rica, Global Infancia from Paraguay, ICMEC, are partners of RedNATIC, with whom we have held meetings and joint projects such as "Todo a 1 clic", the video contest "Tecnología Sí" and the "Programa de promotores del uso seguro y responsable de las TIC" (in 7 countries with Google support).
At the national level, we are part of the Collective on the Rights of Children and Adolescents, part of RedLamyc (Latin American and Caribbean Network for the Defense of the Rights of Children and Adolescents), as an advocacy space.
At the international level, we have represented our country and the region in spaces of global advocacy for the rights of children and adolescents, including the General Day of Debate on Children and ICTs organised by the Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva (2014), the Meeting of Niñ@Sur-Mercorsur in Montevideo (2016), the Pan American Children's Congress in Cartagena (2019). The organisation is made up of a multidisciplinary team of professionals, made up of specialists in education, sociologists, pedagogues, social communicators, psychologists, application developers, technological and didactic resources, specialists in computational thinking, and designers. This determines an integral and interdisciplinary vision of the topics and challenges addressed.