EU announces winners of the Safer Internet 4 EU competition

Initiatives designed to keep children safe online.

Three winners of the EU’s #SaferInternet4EU competition have been announced.

Belgium’s Gezinsbond and Child Focus won in the organisations category for their Safely Online project, a set of tools and training developed to educate parents, in particular socially disadvantaged parents, about the safe use of new media, in order to protect their children from harmful digital behaviour. Gezinsbond and Child Focus will receive a financial incentive of up to €10,000 to scale up the project, for example by translating it into other languages.

Slovenia’s Nina Jelen won the teacher category for Travelling Around the Virtual World. By turning her classroom into a virtual world, she used creativity and games to promote positive online behaviour among elementary school pupils and to raise awareness about the risks of inappropriately using the internet.  Nina will be offered a professional development opportunity, delivered within the framework of the Future Classroom Lab course programme for 2018/2019.

The youth category was won by students from the Tichero high school in Greece for their Qwwwiz 'Stay Safe Online' App. Developed by the students, this quiz app is targeted at pupils aged ten and up. It aims to encourage critical thinking, positive online behaviour and online safety and is available in Greek, English, German and French. The students will receive a mentoring/training opportunity to develop their app at the national or regional level, working with online safety experts.