Address: European Schoolnet, 61 rue de Treves, 1040, Brussels, Belgium
Stakeholder group: NGOs and associations
INSAFE is a European network comprised of 31 national awareness centres (27 EU member states, plus Iceland, Norway, Russia and Serbia) aimed to empower children and young people to use the Internet and mobile technologies, positively, safely and effectively. The INSAFE network calls for shared responsibility for the protection of the rights and needs of citizens, in particular children and youths, by government, educators, parents, media, industry and all other relevant actors. Insafe partners work closely together to share best practice, information and resources. The network interacts with industry, schools and families in the aim of empowering people to bridge the digital divide between home and school and between generations.
The national awareness centres within the INSAFE network focus on activities aimed to empower children, young people, parents, carers and teachers with the skills, knowledge and strategies to stay safe online and take advantage of the opportunities that Internet and mobile technologies provide. The network also provides helplines (offering advice and assistance to children, youth and parents on how to deal with harmful online content, contact conduct) and hotlines (allowing the public to report illegal online content anonymously).
In February of each year, INSAFE organises the Safer Internet Day (SID), with the aim to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world.