Youth Panel members to take lead role at the Safer Internet Forum in Brussels

Europe’s most important meeting on online safety to be held tomorrow in Belgium, with two SIC- Generazioni Connesse representatives attending

The Youth Panel of the Safer Internet Centre (SIC) – Generazioni Connesse, coordinated by Giffoni, will take a leading role at the Safer Internet Forum in Brussels. The event is scheduled for tomorrow.

Each November, the European Schoolnet network -which includes 34 European Ministries of Education- promotes the international conference “Safer Internet Forum” in Brussels, within which policymakers, researchers, law enforcement, teachers, NGOs, industry representatives, experts and other relevant actors come together to discuss the latest trends, opportunities, risks and solutions related to the online safety of the youngest.

This year’s edition will be held with a hybrid format and will focus on the theme “Empowering Youth with Skills for the Digital Decade”.  Participating in the session will be Sania Bonelli and Gabriele Battimelli, both members of the Youth Panel, the group of young people between 14 and 18 from all over Italy who are the true ambassadors of the project that aims to raise awareness, inform, monitor and propose ideas to ensure an increasing level of safety “in the online environment“.

The European Union designated 2023 as the “European Year of Skills”, a year that “puts skills center stage”, stressing the critical importance of empowering people with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly digitized world.

The Generazioni Connesse – Safer Internet Centre project, whose mandate focuses on the relevance of digital skills for the youngest, will be involved in the Forum again this year by bringing a Youth Panel delegation to Brussels. Indeed, among the features of the Safer Internet Forum is the direct engagement of young people, who present to the forum their ideas for a better and safer Internet as well as the outcome of the training processes that the Youth Panelists carry out throughout the year.

Following the Safer Internet Day (SID) 2023 in Rome and the Back to School event in Rome last September and in Procida last May, this is going to be a new challenge for the Youth Panel, which has always been known for its great skills and sense of responsibility. A maturity that bodes well for the future, for an increasingly aware use of the net.

The SIC – Generazioni Connesse project is coordinated by the Ministry of Education and Merit in partnership with the main Italian organizations that are committed to Internet safety: the Guarantor Authority for Childhood and Adolescence, the State Police, the Ministry of Culture, the University of Florence and ‘La Sapienza’ University in Rome, Giffoni Experience, Save the Children Italia, Telefono Azzurro, the EDI onlus cooperative and Skuola.net.

 

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