European Safe Online Initiative
Building a better internet. Where All Youth Are Safe, Strong & Valued
Who We Are
Safe Online Project is coordinated and supported by educational institutions and associations across Europe.
European Safe Online Initiative expands on the Flemish Safe Online Initiative by applying the concept to the larger context of the European Union and, more specifically, by representatives from five EU countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece and Romania.
Associations and educational institutions bring their own know-how to build a programme to educate parents and educators to become fully aware of the risks and opportunities the new media offer to their children.
What We Do
— We Build Awareness
Parents struggle to understand where the line lies between constructive use of digital technologies that can support their children’s learning, and unhealthy use of these devices. Parents need advice on fostering children’s online skills and safety.
— We Strengthen
A path developed upon the principle of “cascade training” rationale, according to which the trained parents quickly transfuse this new knowledge in the environment surrounding them; thus, the multiplier effect and the exponential results of learning are very quickly evident.
— We Educate
Parents have a responsibility to support their children’s media literacy, but should be supported to do so. It is important to offer the parents spaces where they can discuss their questions and uncertainties, as well as material where they can find informa;on and answers to their questions.
— We Support
We attempt to introduce parents into the media worlds of their children, to answer the principal question of how parents should attend to their children’s media use and to discuss:
- What their children are doing with media,
- What they use media for,
- Why they are attracted by media etc.