Wilma is the second winner of the Youth Achievements Award. She was invited to receive her award and prize during the Safer Internet Day event in Brussels!
Young people can achieve great things. Wilma is an example of this statement. Her inspiring story shows us how the internet can be a powerful ally in overcoming adversity.For this reason she won the second round of the Youth Achievement Competition.
“When a German friend told me about this competition, I immediately visited the website to check out the competition. I liked the idea of sharing good experiences on the internet, because we often only hear the bad stories. I also had the feeling that I had a story which should be shared.”
Next week, 16-17 October 2012, the fourth Pan-EU Youth and Adults Panel will kick-off, gathering together young people, their parents and their teachers from across Europe to discuss current issues related to the internet and online media. In contrast to last year’s panel, the event will no longer take place in Luxembourg, but has instead moved to the capital of Europe, Brussels. The two-day panel will serve as a preparatory discussion to feed the opinions of young people, parents and teachers into the sessions of the Safer Internet Forum (SIF), organised by the European Commission on 18-19 October 2012. This year, our European panels will debate the topic of ‘Creating together a Better Internet for Children and Young People’.
Recognising the need to take into account end-users’ opinions when discussing the future of the internet and modern media, Insafe organises these highly interactive brainstorming sessions in an attempt to develop an exhaustive and cross-cultural view of the opinions of Europe’s youth, parents and educators. While both panels will be led by two specialists in the field of education and safe and responsible use of the internet, the youth panel moderators will also be assisted by a team of youth ambassadors: Iva (Bulgaria), Tereza (Czech Republic) and Ľubos (Slovakia). These three young people have been regularly writing blogs, together with three other former participants of the Pan-EU Youth Panel, in the framework of the Youth Ambassador project organised by European Schoolnet in cooperation with Vivendi. They will be reporting from the different sessions next week, keeping you up to date on the discussions and debate during the preparatory sessions and the SIF itself. Follow their blog posts – and add your own comments – at www.paneuyouth.eu.
On 20-21 September 2012, the Polish and German Safer Internet Centres held their annual conference in Warsaw. Among the many highlights of the event, Insafe coordinator Janice Richardson talked about the key drivers and challenges for the 30-country wide Insafe network in 2012, in particular underling the importance of peer support and interaction between youth. She briefly showcased the Pan EU Youth website, supported by the European Commission and Vivendi, where young people are encouraged to meet and teachers can download games to trigger discussion and debate about media-related issues in class.