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Safer Internet

Safer Internet

“Safer Internet” is a programme of the European Commission (EC) Information Society and Media Directorate-General which has been implemented since 1999 in all EU countries. In 2005 the programme was started in Lithuania.

The main tasks of the programme: awareness raising and education of the society on the Safer Internet issues as well as hotline operations implementation. During General Assembly of INHOPE on 28-29 May 2008 in Dublin Lithuanian hotline became a member of INHOPE.

The Safer Internet consortium in Lithuania has recently increased its activities during 2012, and there are four official partners implementing SIC LT II project up to 2014:

The objectives of the project:

  • To act as Safer Internet Centre in Lithuania.
  • To increase public awareness about harmful content and conduct on the internet.
  • To promote safer online environment.
  • To provide public with a contact points for reporting illegal and harmful content and conduct, in particular, on child sexual abuse material, grooming and cyber bullying.

The Safer Internet Centre established by this project consists of:

  • The awareness centre which aims to help children, parents and educators to avoid the dangers associated with the harmful content on the internet and to educate the society and promote a safer online environment.
  • The hotline which provides a facility to accept and process reports from the public about illegal and harmful content on the internet.
  • The helpline which provides a facility to answer online questions and telephone calls from children and parents related to their use of online technologies, in particular in relation to harmful contact (grooming), harmful conduct (cyber bullying), harmful content and uncomfortable or scary experiences in using online technologies.

The project is a continuation of the Safer Internet LT SIC project, which has been implemented in 2011-2012 in Lithuania. In the new phase, the following activities are foreseen:

  • Improvement of coordination of Safer Internet Centre in Lithuanian and contribution to European network.
  • Administration and update of project website
  • Wide range of awareness raising events, including Safer Internet Day celebrations; creation of new awareness tools.
  • Dissemination of awareness raising tools and promotion of hotline/helpline; dedicated seminars, training, competitions for targeted users groups.
  • Improvement and operation of the helpline and substantial contribution to the activities of INSAFE.
  • Improvement of operations of the hotline and substantial contribution to the activities of INHOPE.
  • Update anti-virus software in all Lithuanian schools.
  • Further development of activities of the Youth Panel.