Registrations are now open for the Safer Internet Forum, which this year will take place on 6 and 7 October and will be focused on what we want the digital world to look like in 2030. SIF is a key annual conference in Europe where policy makers, researchers, law enforcement bodies, youth, parents and carers, teachers, NGOs, industry representatives, experts and other relevant actors come together to discuss the latest trends, opportunities, risks and solutions related to child online safety. This year’s edition will take place online and will explore how to make Europe's Digital Decade fit for children and young people
The event will showcase key findings from the recent digital principles consultation, amplifying the voices of children and young people to deliver a vision for a #DigitalDecade4YOUth. It will give the floor to leading experts in the field on their vision of the next decade and what needs to be done to ensure that we have the internet that we want and need. Importantly, the voices of young people will be present throughout the Forum as they share their hopes and concerns for their futures online.
The event will feature a number of deep dive sessions on the four pillars of the current Better Internet for Kids Strategy:
- Pillar 1 high-quality content for children and young people,
- Pillar 2 stepping up awareness and empowerment,
- Pillar 3 creating a safer online environment for children through approaches such as parental control tools and age verification,
- Pillar 4 fight against child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation.
Each in their own way, the deep dive sessions will take stock of these pillars, covering key topics and areas such as:
• Age-appropriate design and the role of age assurance/verification.
• New and emerging tech, highlighting some of the innovations and developments that we are likely to see by 2030.
• Ongoing work to eradicate child sexual abuse material (CSAM).
• Online gaming.
• The youngest users and the opportunities and challenges that they face online.
• Harmful online content, experiences and solutions.
• Digital inclusion – ensuring positive online experiences for all children and enabling active youth participation.
Safer Internet Forum (SIF) 2021 is organised by European Schoolnet on behalf of the European Commission in the framework of the EC's Better Internet for Kids Strategy with funding provided by the Connecting Europe Facility programme (CEF). In case of queries, please contact the Safer Internet Forum Secretariat.
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