Portuguese Safer Internet Centre

About our SID activities

The Portuguese Safer Internet Centre Consortium (PT SIC) develops a set of activities within the month of February as a way to raise awareness on safety use of the internet. February is not only about SID day, it's a month full of initiatives that are the perfect platform to display the work annually developed, with input of its national partners and network of organisations, from the public and private sector, and from the members of its Advisory Board.
To celebrate the Safer Internet Month:
  • PT SIC will organise a SID Seminar on 11 February 2020, taking place in Lisbon. This event will be webcast for the first time.
  • The event comprises 2 different moments:
    1) In the morning, the exhibition of the theatre play "ID 2.0 – A Tua Marca na Net" followed by a Q&A and a photo booth, targeting students and teachers.
    2) In the afternoon, the seminar "Faz Delete ao Ciberbullying" meaning "Delete Cyberbullying" will have an educational and health background, the active participation of youngsters and the perspective of a Council of Europe independent expert about digital parenting:
     - Iolanda Ferreira will be interviewing Vitor Cotovio, cyberbullying specialist, psychiatrist and psychotherapist;
     - Elizabeth Milovidov, will share her professional experience as a consultant and her perspective on how parents can be an ally against cyberbullying;
     - Youth Panel with the participation of 5 youngsters that will share opinions on "how to delete cyberbullying".
This event is aimed at media, political stakeholders, teachers and parents.
Other events:
  • SeguraNet, will launch the Portuguese Schools' campaign supported on a website where schools can georeference their activities.
  • The Portuguese ICT Competence Centres have planned awareness sessions and teachers training workshops in schools and municipalities.
  • Launch of the challenges of February in the framework of the annual "Desafios SeguraNet" contest, involving around 40,000 participants among students, parents and teachers.
  • To promote the National Plan to prevent and combat Bullying and Cyberbullying "School Without Bullying. School Without Violence" SeguraNet will launch a campaign to mark the "School Day of Nonviolence and Peace".
  • Digital Leaders initiative will hold two online sessions where schools will be able to share their best practices about Digital Citizenship. Around 150 schools/groups with 3,200 students are involved and will develop activities and actions aimed at their educational communities, addressing cyberbullying, not hate speech, online respect, copyright.
  • In collaboration with FEPODELE (Portuguese Federation of Electronic Sport) a workshop about "Video Games and eSports: Features, Risks, Benefits and Strategies" will be held in Faro, targeting youth workers, educators and young associations leaders.
  • On 3 February 2020, IPDJ will launch an online contest about fake news "NO FAKE", targeting 12/30 year olds students and the training sessions "N@vegas 2020" on digital literacy, targeting youth workers and youth information workers, will be launched on 10 February 2020.
  • PT Foundation, through its voluntary scheme, will develop awareness sessions in schools and will conduct 12 theatre play sessions - ID a Tua Marca na Net.
  • APAV will launch an Linha Internet Segura (LIS) infographic with statistical data from 2019.

What we are doing to support the SID 2020 slogan of "Together for a better internet"…

Through close collaboration with the PT SIC Advisory Board, and other national stakeholders that have been supporting SIC activities throughout the years, PT SIC has assured the online promotion and dissemination of SID 2020 social media campaign through its network of national peers.
This year's seminar programme emphasises the importance to tackle cyberbullying, raising awareness to the problems that it entails and offers the different perspective of the different actors that are involved in it: youngsters, parents, teachers, and professionals from the health sector. For the first time, a group of young people were invited for a panel of their one, allowing them to share their opinions on this issue and asking them for a contribute to a solution.
As a way to raise awareness and reinforce the Portuguese national plan that the Ministry of Education has adopted recently on Fighting and Combating Bullying and Cyberbullying, the issue of cyberbullying was chosen as the 2020 main theme for the main SID seminar.
We are joining efforts to ensure that everyone has a saying regarding how to promote a positive, conscientious and respectful internet, knowing that together we can achieve a better internet.

About us

The Portuguese Safer Internet Centre (PT SIC) is a consortium of six organisations which Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) has the core function of coordinating and supervising the project implementation, creating synergies and acquiring best practices.

The PT SIC consortium organisations are the following: DGE – Direção-Geral da Educação (General Directorate of Education); IPDJ – Instituto Português do Desporto e Juventude (Portuguese Institute for Sports and Youth); APAV - Associação Portuguesa de Apoio à Vítima (Portuguese Association for Victim Support), Fundação Altice (Altice Foundation) and Microsoft Portugal.

PT SIC has two Awareness Centres, one for the general public, coordinated by FCT that aims to implement awareness sessions and campaigns, dissemination activities, promote project results and ensure that all services are well known by decision makers, relevant stakeholders and the public.

DGE coordinates the second awareness centre - SeguraNet - that aims to promote the safe use of the internet by the education community. SeguraNet develops several initiatives supporting ICT in schools and integrating technology in the learning processes, promoting teacher-training courses and disseminating awareness resources.

IPDJ promotes the «Naveg@s em Segurança» Program, an awareness and educational program that aims to contribute to the development of responsible and safe use of the internet through the implementation of short-time awareness raising actions, for groups of 25/30 participants, with a national wide range. IPDJ also promotes training sessions and awareness activities in the framework of the No Hate Speech Movement, focusing on online hate speech and online Human Rights.

Within the PT SIC consortium, Fundação Altice is responsible for bringing the theatre play to the community, as an awareness campaign, that comprises digital literacy tackling different topics: cyberbullying, privacy, digital identity, online reputation and behaviours. Starring well-known actors, it aims at reaching the Portuguese population, in partnership with municipalities, schools and other organisations.

APAV is a non-profit organisation assisted by volunteers, which supports victims of any type of crime, in a personal, sensitive and professional way, through the provision of free and confidential services and is responsible for running the helpline and hotline. The Integrated System of Support at a Distance is a key service regarding the strategy of APAV in getting closer to the victims of crime and to support children and the general population, regarding all aspects of online issues.

Microsoft Portugal has been developing specific actions regarding education for ICT safety, such as internet safety content in Portuguese for different age groups that has been a reference and integrated in the PT SIC. Broader audiences have been reached through this work.

PT SIC promotes hotline and helpline services through creative and eye-catching marketing campaigns, awareness-raising sessions with relevant actors, such as industry, law enforcement authorities, child protection and welfare organisations, parent organisations and media partners.

The PT SIC consortium ensures the organisation and development of the Safer Internet Day (SID) national celebration event and other initiatives at a national and local level. It also ensures online participation through websites and social networks, using the social media campaign promoted by Insafe.

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