Israel Safer Internet Day Committee - Israeli Child Online Protection Bureau
Last updated: 2021-01-15
About our SID activities
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the disruptions it has caused to all our lives, and the major role the internet has played in keeping us connected and engaged, the Child Online Protection Bureau decided to dedicate the whole month of February to the issue of safe surfing and the responsible use of the internet.
This year Israel will mark its 15th year participating in the global effort to make the internet a safer place. The Online Child Protection Month is the culmination of year-long activities that promote the safe, respectful and responsible use of the internet.
This year's theme is Safe to Connect.
The internet is an integral part of our life, and that is wonderful – because it opens up a world of unlimited possibilities and allows us to keep our routine even in uncertain times such as these. But alongside its many advantages, it is important to remember the dangers that we can encounter there – violence, people who wish us harm, unsuitable content, hurtful posts and comments, anonymity and more.
It is important, especially this year, to highlight the safe and responsible use of the internet and all the devices connected to it.
Varied activities will be held across the country during February, focusing on the issue of the safe and careful use of the internet: sharing information responsibly, knowing the privacy settings, respectful behaviour and conversation, being an upstander and not a bystander, and more. These activities will acknowledge the importance of the internet in our lives and the lives of our children while raising awareness to the dangers they might face there if they surf irresponsibly.
Children and young people will be invited to examine the way they surf online, the place of the internet in their lives, and the different content they read and share. At the same time, they will learn about the positive aspects of the internet a tool for self expression, connection and strengthening of social ties, learning and much more.
Many activities will also be held for parents and the community, aimed at promoting parental engagement in the online life of their children and encouraging an open dialogue between parents and their children.
What we are doing to support the SID 2021 slogan of "Together for a better internet"…
The government of Israel is dedicated to eradicating online crime and violence against minors. To this end, the government established the Child Online Protection Bureau to be a national unifying authority with one mission – keeping Israel's children safe online. Pursuant to this mission, we invest great efforts in educating the public about the importance of social unity online – standing by our friends when they are hurt and need help and support.
The Bureau will be leading the Israeli national Child Online Protection Month. The Bureau itself is a partnership of six bodies of government, and for the Online Child Protection Month many more ministries and departments, as well as local authorities and municipalities, tech companies and NGOs will join us. Together we will call upon all citizens of Israel to take part in a national effort to make the internet safe for everyone.
The Israeli Child Online Protection Bureau was launched in November 2018. The bureau strives to improve law enforcement and reduce crime and violence aimed at children on the internet and social media, with the goal of promoting a strategic change in Israel, creating a safer cyberspace and enhancing the public's sense of security on the internet.
The bureau is a joint civilian-police authority, combining legal enforcement with education and treatment to ensure the safety of those surfing the internet, first and foremost children. The bureau has partners in the Ministry of Community Empowerment and Advancement, the Israel Police, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services, and the Ministry of Justice, all working together to create a safer online environment for children and adolescents.
The bureau is comprised of two parts:
- A specialised police unit dedicated to investigating online crimes against minors. An integral part of the unit is the national 105 hotline that receives and coordinates all incident reports regarding cybercrime against children, including acts of shaming and online bullying. Here, police officers and civilians from our partner ministries work side by side to ensure that each report, and the child at its centre, will receive a comprehensive, all-encompassing response that includes law enforcement, when necessary, and social, psychological and medical care.
- A professional staff that produces, among other things, educational materials to raise awareness about the safe and respectful use of the internet, and provide children, parents, teachers and other caregivers with tools for creating a better internet experience for themselves and others.