14/11/2019

Safer Internet Forum 2019: From online violence to digital respect

On Thursday, 21 November 2019, the Safer Internet Forum (SIF) will take place in Brussels Belgium. With a theme of "From online violence to digital respect", it will also celebrate 20 years of safer/better internet funding by the European Commission.

The 2019 edition of SIF will explore the topic of online violence and its various forms, and how digital respect can act as an antidote to this phenomenon. This focus echoes the European Commission's #DigitalRespect4Her campaign, launched earlier in 2019, which strives to raise awareness of the gender-based violence girls and young women experience on the internet, and to promote an inclusive and respectful online culture for all EU citizens. Children and young people in particular should feel safe and respected online; equally, they should feel able and empowered to be active public participants in digital life.

In this context, Thordis Elva, writer, speaker and journalist known for her TED Talk "Our story of rape and reconciliation", will host the opening keynote session, looking at the key issues at stake including online hate speech, image-based sexual violence, and other forms of technology-facilitated gender-based violence.

One of the aims of the day is to get a better understanding of how children and young people experience violence in the digital world, and how they would like to see adults solve these issues. To do so, what better way than asking the young people themselves? For this reason, young people will be at the heart of two plenary sessions during this iteration of SIF.

For more information about the Safer Internet Forum 2019, including the agenda of the day visit https://www.betterinternetforkids.eu/sif. And keep an eye on #SaferInternetForum and #SIF2019 on social media for the latest news, and for details of how to watch a live stream of the keynote session.

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