Getting the Best out of our Insafe Network 2007 Co-Laboratories

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A total of 8 SDDPs/Co-Laboratories with title Getting the Best out of our Network were organized in 2107 by the Cyberethics: Cyprus Safer Internet Center to support the Insafe network focus and improve its vision, mission and action plans. Representatives from all 27 Safer Internet Nodes across Europe participating in the Insafe Training Conference Limassol 2007, 17 - 18, September 2007, St. Raphael Hotel, Limassol, Cyprus, for five hours have contributed their ideas. They were split in three groups, which participated in three parallel Co-laboratories:

Focus on improving the Network

Participants of Co-Laboratory A explored the weaknesses of the current model of interactions within the network.

Triggering Question: "What are obstacles that prevent our current network of EU safer Internet Nodes from being optimal?"

Participants of Co-Laboratory B were asked to visualize the ideal scenario of a well-functioning and efficient network between all European network of Safer Internet Nodes.

Triggering Question: What are descriptors that characterize an ideal, efficient network of EU safer internet nodes?

Participants of Co-Laboratory C generated action options to be taken to overcome the obstacles in order to achieve the ideal model of an Insafe network.

Triggering Question: What actions can the current network of EU Safer Internet nodes take in order to reach the ideal and efficient network?

Focus on Educators

On the following days, the participants joined two SDDP co-laboratories ‘Engaging Educators', which were built on experiences gained from previous relevant training sessions in Bruges and Stockholm as well as the results of the 6-month evaluations (Customer Satisfaction Surveys) performed by the Coordinating Node. Two simultaneous running co-laboratories were dealing with the topic of engaging educators. Co-laboratory A explored the weaknesses of the current model of collaboration between nodes and educators, while co-laboratory B envisioned not only ideal means of engaging educators in the Internet Awareness Campaign but also envisioned the ideal collaboration model between nodes and educators.

Triggering Question: What are obstacles that prevent us from engaging educators?

Triggering Question: What are descriptors of an ideal collaboration model between Nodes and educators?

Focus on Mobile Operators

One SDDP co-laboratory ‘Mobile Operators and Self Regulation’ was built on experiences gained through the collection of ideas and responses to questions put to Nodes by the ad-hoc Executive Committee and presented during the Luxembourg meeting earlier, as well as the results of the 6-month evaluations (Customer Satisfaction Surveys) performed by the Coordinating Node. The co-laboratory was dealing with the topic of what nodes want from the mobile industry and what leverage can they use to promote this. Participants explored initiatives and actions that nodes can take in order to the mobile industry to take desired actions.

Triggering Question: What initiatives or actions can Nodes take in order to encourage the mobile industry to take desired actions?


Focus on improving Media exposure

Triggering Question: What ideas and actions can nodes do to materialize achieving max media with limited budget?


The European Commission has subsequently sponsored another SDDP, which took place on the 6th of December 2007 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Brussels, Belgium. About half of the staff of the European network of Safer Internet Nodes were engaged for three hours in a structured dialogue focusing on the following Triggering Question:

Triggering Question: What actions can the current network of EU Safer Internet nodes take in order to reach the ideal and efficient network?

The outcomes were adopted by the Insafe Coordinating Group and were necessary changes were implemented.

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