Over the first two cycles of WYRED social dialogues and their resulting research projects, the themes connected to “Internet safety and privacy, cyberbullying, online abuse and cyber security” were to the fore. Children and young people described in their projects how they are constantly dealing with such issues, whether in their formal educational environments, their social and leisure worlds and within their peer groups and families.
Children and young people know that they are creating digital footprints everyday, yet are relatively unaware of the extent to which their online privacy is being more limited every time they click on another advertisement or as they click to agree to more terms and conditions of a particular app or website. Their desires and expectations are also increasingly being mediated by their online interactions. These complexities and ambiguities associated with their online lives are also being affected by the potential for cyberbullying and manipulation.
During this Internet Privacy fortnight of activity, many of these themes and issues will be explored. Children and young people in both formal and informal settings, as well as a range of other stakeholders will be facilitated to come together to share their ideas and responses.
This outline document presents the activity base for this fortnight. There are two key focal points:
- Data Privacy Day on Monday 28th January 2019
Data Privacy Day is an international effort held annually to create awareness about the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust.
Millions of people are unaware of and uninformed about how their personal information is being used, collected or shared in our digital society. Data Privacy Day aims to inspire dialogue and empower individuals and companies to take action.
- Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 5th February 2019
The campaign for Safer Internet Day 2019 has a slogan “Together for a better internet”. This represents a call to action for all stakeholders to join together and play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, and especially for younger users. The organisers of the campaign have an active website, Facebook and Twitter profiles as well as #SID2019 and #SaferInternetDay hashtags.
The WYRED fortnight activities will ensure a close connection and collaboration with events in each of our 6 countries, associated with these two days of action.
WYRED projects will be presented in order to showcase conversations and discussions already taking place across peer groups in our 6 European countries. These emerging insights will allow for greater engagement and the stimulation of further discussion.