International Conference to promote Internet Safety Globally: Connecting Generations
The International Conference Connecting Generations took place 14/15/16 May 2012 in Larnaca, Cyprus, just weeks before the Cyprus Presidency. It was attended by almost 200 practitioners, academics and social pioneers involved in safer internet issues will participate from more than 34 countries representing Europe, USA, Asia, Australia, and Africa, as well as youth panels from both Europe and Africa. The conference focused on the 2012's priority of "connecting generations," which was suggested by the Cyprus team and became the theme of the 2012 Safer internet Day and included hands-on trainings as well as academic presentations and parallel workshops.
A training workshop, a youth panel event and an international networking event took place as pre conference activities on May 15.
Under the auspices
- Ministry of Education and Culture.
- Cyprus Presidency
- International Vodaphone
Date: 15-16 May 2012 Place: Larnaca, Cyprus
Day one – 15th May
9.30: Welcome (national politician, EU-level decision-maker) 9.45: The Safer Internet programme: what’s in it for me? (European Commission) 10.10: Insafe … 7 years after – an overview of Insafe today, what it has achieved, lessons learned and goals for coming year 10.40: INHOPE… saying no to illegal content – INHOPE today, what it has achieved, lessons learned and goals for coming year
11.15 Coffee break
11.45: Sexuality: just two sides to the coin? Panel discussion: experts will look at youth culture in terms of the underlying issues to grooming, sexting, taking videos of others in compromising circumstances. What are the contributing factors and what is the link between sexuality-related issues? Can we handle things differently as parents and teachers? What good practice is emerging in this area?
14.30: Lost in online communication? Keynote by Patti Valkenberg (NL), followed by “60 minutes” in parallel workshops focusing on 4 themes - experts will be chosen through a Call for Papers: • From case studies to research: online sexual behaviour of teens • Industry’s role in keeping every European safe online • Developing effective communication between generations • Helplines and hotlines: their role in responding to sexual behaviour issues?
16.15 Coffee break
16.30 Plenary session: reports from parallel sessions followed by a brainstorming led by a professional moderator: Strategies for the road ahead
Day two – 16th May
9.30: “60 minutes” - intergenerational communication on Privacy. 3 case studies on work being down with grandparents (Vodafone), parents and vulnerable young people (Tink Palmer). Followed by world café session with the participation of young people: What does privacy mean today to the 3 different groups? How do we bridge the gap? Are there any transferable strategies to protect against being famous at any price? What is the role of parents, grandparents and teachers? 11.30 Coffee break
11.45 Who’s reading my profile? In a recent study, 63% of teachers named Identity theft as their greatest online fear. 43% mostly feared their pupils taking photos and videos in the classroom and disseminating them online. A panel of social media experts from academia and industry and young people take us back to the basics on privacy. The panel will interact with the audience to discuss the fears and practices of teens and teachers in the aim of eliciting lines of action that could be implemented through the Insafe network.
14.30 Theme workshops: A Call for Papers will be disseminated in January 2012 seeking research and good practice on the four following theme areas: • Identity theft • Social media at the service of learning • Working with very young users – a look at Insafe’s good practice guide • Working with vulnerable users
16.15 Coffee break
16.30 Plenary session: reports from parallel sessions followed by a brainstorming led by a professional moderator: Strategies for 2020