The Huawei SmartBus project is designed by Insight to deliver a high-quality, evidence-based educational programme to school students around Europe on issues of high importance in the digital age. The SmartBus sessions took place in Iceland, Denmark and Finland in the end of 2020; eventually designed as a virtual tour.
The survey results, highlight important issues that awareness raising campaigns targeting children in the three Nordic countries need to immediately take into account. Several issues concerned social media profiles like privacy, what online ‘friends’ may actually be, or ‘the real me’. The digital footprint and reputation, online bullying, respect and empathy online as well as respecting other people’s privacy were hot issues too.
The SmartBus will now be back in business in Iceland, but this time with another focus: parents. We are curious to see which results will come out and how they will differ from or accord with the view of children.
Morocco is a country on the move to strengthen online safety and cybersecurity awareness among its citizens, and Insight experts are working with the Council of Europe at the heart of the action. Already this year, an online space has been launched where citizens can learn, build awareness, report and get support through a multitude of resources and partnerships. Morocco became in February, the first country in the region to set up of a hotline portal, where citizens can report child sexual abuse content in the drive to rid the internet of this plague. Insight is also using its innovative Digital Compass to get an overview of Moroccan children's internet habits and their digital weaknesses in order to address them appropriately.
Insight has just launched findings from 2020 Scandinavian teens in a hybrid online wellbeing project built on the innovative Insight Digital Compass and powered by Huawei within its Tech4ALL campaign. We learn that creative activities are top favourites for Icelandic teens, whereas Norwegians top the scale in technical knowledge. This shows a solid technical understanding. For 11- to 15-year-olds in Denmark and Finland, the internet seems to be more a tool for communication and entertainment. The project has enabled the Insight team to define 9 recommendations for decision-makers and awareness raisers.
Join us tomorrow to discuss the importance of the role of parents in helping their children develop the competences to become responsible digital citizens.
Our European Council for Digital Good has been busy with interviews and publications since the Covid 19 disrupupted our lives. We'll be launching series of video clips shortly.