The Dutch programme Digitally Skilled & Digitally Safe aims to enhance the digital skills of the labour force.
Since 2009 public institutions and the business community collaborate within the programme following two lines: Digital skills of the labour force (Digitally Skilled) and Internet safety (Digitally Safe), targeting future employees, working people and jobseekers between 15 and 64 years old in order to enhance the innovation capacity and productivity of the Dutch economy.
The work plan for the year 2013 describes the strategy, approach and activities of Digitally Skilled and Digitally Safe for the upcoming months. Each line of the programme has its own goals, own results envisaged, own activities and own necessary and desired public-private collaboration.
The European Commission has opened the Call for Independent Experts for the Safer Internet Programme 2009-2013.
The Safer Internet Programme aims to empower and protecting children and young people online by awareness raising initiatives and by fighting illegal and harmful content and conduct over the internet.
The tasks of the experts include assisting the European Commission in evaluating proposals submitted in response to calls and the review of individual Safer Internet projects, as well as legacy projects funded under the Safer Internet plus programme. Experts included in the database will be assigned specific tasks on a case-by-case basis, according to the relevance of their education, expertise and interests in the tasks at hand.
The Call is open until 30 September 2013, and the list of experts will remain valid until December 31st.
Experts are entitled to a payment in the form of a lump sum per day of work and reimbursement of travel and subsistence expenses in accordance with the scales valid at the time of signature of the agreement with the Commission.
A document with the specifications and conditions of the Call for Independent Experts for the Safer Internet Programme 2009-2013 is available here (only in English).
Applicants who are already on the list of experts drawn up for the implementation of the Safer Internet plus programmes (call for experts 2005-2009) must submit a new application.
Only online applications are accepted for this call. Click here to register as a new expert or update an existing profile.
The Cyber Security and Privacy EU Forum will take place 18-19 April 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. This European conference is organized by SECCORD, in conjunction with H4 of DG Connect.
This year, Cyber Security & Privacy (CSP) will host this conference in collaboration with the European Association for e-Identity and Security (EEMA) and Trust in Digital Life (TDL). The forum intends to bring together experts, practicioners, standards developers, and policy makers from the fields of Industry, Government and Academic research. It also serves as a venue for learning about state-of-the-art in security and privacy research, giving delegates the opportunity to network with experts in the field.
[sic] is the name of a series of conferences on trends in the Information and Knowledge Society. Our conferences take place once per month and are designed to discuss current issues about the Information Society.
We are proud to present the 4th Special Edition of eLearning Papers. This special edition puts the spotlight on last year’s highlighted papers selected by the editorial board according to the quality of the articles, and also taking into account the feedback from our readers.
As the integration of digital media and technology in education is a policy priority throughout Europe, this special issue brings together five articles that discuss the onging transformation in schools and institutions as well as the evolution towards Open Educational practices.
Innovating Teaching and Learning Practices: Key Elements for Developing Creative Classrooms in Europe an article by Stefania Bocconi, Panagiotis Kampylis and Yves Punie looks at how to innovate teaching and learning practices.
The Ageing Brain: Neuroplasticity and LifeLong Learning by Eleonora Guglielman examines the increasingly important role of adult education in comparison to the low participation observed in training activities.
Children’s Experiences of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Abuse on the Internet by Mari Laiho and Katri Lampainen analyses a survey conducted by the Helsinki Virtual Community Police Team and Save the Children to investigate Child Sexual Abuse on the Internet.
Ellen Leenarts uses the findings of 4-year FP7 project to divulge on how apps and serious games can facilitate reflection at work, by empowering employees to learn by reflecting on their work practice and on their personal learning experiences on Reflective Learning at Work – MIRROR Model, Apps and Serious Games.
And finally, David Mathew and Susan Sapsed present two cases of international learners who brought with them into the learning environment some issues that were the product, not only of the age of the learner in question, but also of the geographical environment in which they studied on The International Student and the Challenges of Lifelong Learning.
This special edition, with summaries available in 21 languages, can be easily read on any device: computer, tablet or smartphone. We hope that you enjoy it and look forward to hearing your comments and feedback!
The use of the Internet has opened to academic world new opportunities that require policy makers, to address an entire novel set of concerns, according to Pestana (2011). "The knowledge, expertise, creativity and innovation have become key factors for growth and prosperity of society, requiring each person to adapt new skills, learning developed lifelong, new working practices, different models of organization ".
Teachers, students or other staff members can bring serious consequences that undermine the functioning of institutions, leading to high financial costs, loss of data and equipment and service disruptions all inconveniences can be avoided or mitigated by implementing the right policies. This article aims to explore the ever more pressing need of implementation of relevant policies and strategies to implement the protection of computer facilities in schools of all levels of education, drawing on the expertise an d strategies that have been implemented by the EU.
The internet security and its use can conscientiously avoid some unpleasantness. Despite the efforts of all the dedicated professionals responsible for network security at a school or university, the use or misuse by each individual can seriously undermine that work, and enhancing the risk network can be affected by.
October is the European Cyber Security Month. The goal is to raise awareness about cyber risks. Among all internet users, children are one of the most vulnerable groups. Phil Banyard, Reader in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University, has been researching on how schools in UK deal with those risks.
What are the main cyber risks for children?
The main cyber risks for children are probably cyber bullying and sexual solicitation. There are also new risks in social networking because it encourages risky behaviours. And there are also the problems with excessive game playing or addiction.
Are these risks different from real-life dangers?
I think it’s hard to tell. I think the only that does seem to be different measurably is cyber bullying because it can be much more intrusive and you just can’t get away from it. Cyber bullying is different from playground bullying. But for the others, it’s actually hard to tell if they’re a new danger or a new media for old dangers.
Is technical control effective to avoid those risks?
No, I don’t think it is. I think that education is the way you reduce risks. If you just control things for people, then they don’t come to evaluate the risks themselves. They don’t adjust their behaviour and so they’re vulnerable to the occasion the control is not there. I think technology is able to reduce some of it, for example you can block off some web sites. But on the whole, the best way to reduce risk is by improving people’s knowledge of it.
Do you think the overprotection has to do with a less digital literacy among adults?
I think everybody has some digital literacy and some areas where they’re not very good at and children are better at it. But I don’t think adults are particularly bad. In every generation, children find a way to create their own world. In my generation, we foundways to have music and entertainment that adults didn’t like. And I think children will always do that, so they will exclude parents, so we shouldn’t worry about that.
Do adults underestimate the capacity of children to avoid those risks?
Yes, we try and keep children young, we overprotect them. Particularly in European countries, we’re very protective of children. Outside of Europe children are often required do all sorts of adult tasks. We have to encourage children to make their own choices and to take responsibility for them.
Should some educational effort be put on adults?
The educational effort would be better directed atteachers so that they would know what children are doing and also evaluate the risks better.
How can you educate children to avoid cyber risks?
The best way is to give them strategies to deal with problems that arise. I remember the case of a primary school, with children from 7 to 10 years old, and the school didn’t particularly have filters on but they just sat with the kids and encouraged them to report when there was a problem and to tell them what to do about it. So the best way is to treat them as intelligent creatures and let them maketheir own choices, also to encourage them to seek support from their peers.We have to encourage them to be self-sufficient.
Do you think about a specific methodology?
It should be a continuous effort. It’s about how you deal with life generally, how you deal with strangers, how you deal with the danger when you walk down the street, the general politenesses of life. We try and encourage them to grow up and make their own decisions and to be responsible citizens. We should transfer that learning to their dealings with the internet.
The Safer Internet Forum has been organized by the Safer Internet Programme as an annual conference on safer internet issues since 2004. It brings together representatives of industry, law enforcement authorities, child welfare organizations and policy makers. The past editions of the Safer Internet Forum have welcomed guests not only from Europe, but also from countries such as Australia, Brazil or the Russian Federation.
The 2012 edition of the Safer Internet Forum will take place on 18 and 19 October in Brussels under the theme "Creating together a Better Internet for Children and Young People"
The topics of the sessions are indicated in the updated draft agenda.
The Forum will take place in Brussels at The Square meeting centre.
If you are interested to attend the Safer Internet Forum 2012 please register here!