“When it comes to our rights online, I do of course think many of them are important. But I think freedom of expression and the right to information access are extremely important. I think all youth should be able to speak their mind and have an opinion. I also think the world, including the terrible parts of it, shouldn’t be hidden from us. Even though adults do it meaning well, when they maybe set up filters to protect us, I don’t think it’s the right solution.
“We should be able to explore the world and then make mistakes and learn from them. I believe in helping instead of controlling because, of course, our parents should not just leave us alone on the internet but they should help us and be there for us – just like they are in our offline lives. They should be with us on the internet from when we are small and teach us how to behave so that we, both when we are still young and when we get older, can use all the positive thing about the internet and experience the many opportunities the internet gives us, without having too many problems. I believe the internet is an amazing place and we should be able to enjoy and explore it without a constant fear or bad experiences. This includes young children too!”
Olivia, 15, Finland
The Youth Panel (YEP) and Safer internet Forum were a huge success. We would like to thank our great youth panel this year; And what a better way than with our favourite pictures of the event?
Our youth Ambassador Mathew and Noelia provide us a summary of the first day of YEP: “The Youth Panel met over lunch in the historic Metropole Hotel after travelling from their respective 21 countries with parents or teachers. I came to be involved with the youth panel as a Youth Moderator, alongside my fellow ambassador Noelia from Spain.” Read more…
The sixth edition of the Pan-EU Youth and Adult Panel will take place in Brussels on 4-5 November 2014. Youth from different countries of Europe will come together to share their ideas on better internet issues, while accompanying adults will discuss similar issues in parallel sessions. The winners of the Youth Manifesto Resource Exchange initiative will also be participating.
Safer Internet Forum will take place on 6-7 November 2014. Pan-EU Youth will be
represented to tell the European Commission, policymakers, NGOS, experts and other their views on online safety. Our youth ambassador Noelia will be present. Read what she has to say:
“I have written various articles on different occasions in order to give a fresh, young input on the theme Insafe focuses around: internet safety. I have written about what internet safety means to me, I have voted in campaigns and I have tweeted about ideas. However, I have never really given my opinion on a topic which really concerns me: cyberbullying”. Read more…