Safer Internet Day 2017

A #Youth social media takeover for increased child online protection

Safer Internet Day on the 7th of February 2017 is a day where stakeholders join together to make the internet a better place for children and young people. For a second year in a row, our #Youth decided to use this opportunity to raise awareness on child online protection and child helplines. And what a success it was!

For this year’s Safer Internet Day, the #Youth also focused on the guidelines developed by Child Helpline International, in collaboration with GSMA. The nine guides cover: cyberbullying, discrimination and hate speech, grooming, illegal content, inappropriate content, privacy, sexual extortion, sexual harassment and unsolicited contact. You can find out more about them here.

Our youth members from all over the world interviewed friends, parents, colleagues and members of child helplines with the one goal of raising awareness on the services of child helplines and on how to make the Internet a safer place. The videos were featured on Child Helpline International’s Facebook page for two days. We wanted to share a few of these videos they created with you but all of them were great, so head over to Facebook and check them all out!

You can reach out to a child helpline with any concern

 

Jason from New Zealand interviewed a friend about reaching out to a child helpline. They openly spoke from personal experience that child helplines are for everyone, regardless of how big or small a problem may seem. You can reach out to a child helpline with any concern, even if only to share that your friends are calling you a “noob” because you don’t play video games that well! Check out Jason’s interview with his friend!

 

Some children think that calling a child helpline is only for those that are undergoing a great trauma. But this is not the case! You can reach out to a child helpline with any concern, even if only to share that your friends are calling you a "noob" because you don't plan video games that well! One of Jason's friends shares his story below. #SID2017 #YouthLead #FreeOurVoices

Posted by Child Helpline International on Wednesday, 8 February 2017

 

A great example of capacity building is Abrar’s interview with Mrs. Wahida Banu who is one of the founders of the Bangladeshi Child Helpline Aporajeyo Bangladesh. Forty-two per cent of the population of Bangladesh is made up of children and young people, and a lot of them are spending more and more time online. To respond to these changes, Aporajeyo Bangladesh are working on a methodology for internet safety, which you can learn more about in the video below.

 

Did you know that 42% of the population of Bangladesh is made up of youth? Because of young people's constantly increasing online presence, Aporajeyo Bangladesh । অপরাজেয় বাংলাদেশ is working on a methodology for Internet safety. Hear more on this from Mrs. Wahida Banu, one of the child helpline's founders. Thank you Abrar and Mrs. Banu for this inspiring interview!#SID2017 #YouthLead #FreeOurVoices

Posted by Child Helpline International on Wednesday, 8 February 2017

 

Cyberbullying is another huge issue that children are facing online. Our #Youth member Lucija spoke to volunteers at Hrabri Telefon, the Croatian Child Helpline, about their thoughts and experiences with the topic. The core message of this video is that cyberbullying is not your fault! If it happens to you, you don’t ever have to be alone in dealing with the problem – the child helpline is always there for you! Check it out to learn more about how to support children who are exposed to cyberbullying.

 

‘You’re not alone. It’s not your fault. There’s always someone here to help you.’Volunteers at Hrabri telefon, the child helpline in Croatia, share with Lucija their thoughts on #cyberbullying. A great video, hope you find it as informative as we did! #SID2017 #YouthLead #FreeOurVoices

Posted by Child Helpline International on Tuesday, 7 February 2017