For the 6th consecutive year, the Council of Europe is supporting the Safer Internet Day Campaign.
Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, each February to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology, especially among children and young people. Each year, millions of people unite to inspire positive changes online, to raise awareness of online safety issues, and participate in events and activities right across the globe.
In this context, the Council of Europe celebrates this year's Safer Internet Day by introducing a new report we commissioned, where children with disabilities reveal their experiences in the digital environment. We found that the digital environment can indeed be an ‘enabler' and ‘equaliser' for children with disabilities, providing them with additional opportunities to access information, to communicate, learn and play. The children consulted nevertheless also pointed to the challenges they face and the report sets out recommendations to states, digital industry, health services and academic institutions on how to ensure safe access to the digital environment. Thanks to these children's views, we'll be working on how our member states can fully involve children with disabilities in the design and delivery of policies that impact their usage of the digital environment.
On an equally important note, we also present our new child-friendly brochure and video: “So, this is sexual abuse?” developed by teenagers for other teenagers to raise awareness on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.