Belgian Better Internet Consortium (B-BICO) - EN

 

The Belgian Better internet Consortium is a EU-funded project under the Connecting Europe Facility –Telecommunication Work programme 2014.

It is an innovative project in both its partnership as in its overall goal. B-BICO capitalises on existing knowledge, expertise and resources related to  e-safety and education and the promotion of a better internet for children in the whole territory in Belgium.

Objectives

The overall goal of the project is to implement a consortium of all Belgian actors and stakeholders involved in e-safety and online media literacy. Such a consortium could gather and streamline all experts and expertise but also concretely work together by taking joint initiatives, for instance via the creation of a “one-stop-shop” for the Belgian public. The consortium, in its name as well as in its membership, focuses on a BETTER rather than a SAFER internet.

Partnership

The project builds on three building blocks: technical safety, safe use and a better use of the internet.  These are all core businesses of the cross-community partnership of this project.

The project is a nation-wide project that reaches across the different parts of the federal structure of the country and across the different language groups. Child Focus coordinates the project with a federal partner, CERT.be. The  French speaking community is represented by Média Animation and the Conseil Supérieur de l’Education aux médias and by iMinds (Mediawijs.be) for the Flemish Community.

Activities

This project targets activities at different level:

 

  • The creation of a consortium of stakeholders who work on advocating a Better Internet for children and young people  All of this will be based on a qualitative mapping of existing initiatives in Belgium. 

    Are you organising media literacy activities ? Participate at our online survey created by Média Animation. We need your input in order to create a mapping of actors and actions in the field of media literacy in the French and German speaking part of the country.

  • The target group of this consortium and the project in general are in the first place children and young people. They are the primary beneficiaries of our actions. Some initiatives might be taken directly for them, others will target their parents, teachers and other educators or the industry partners which provide them with the platforms they use online.
  • Awareness-raising activities and tools will be developed for young people about the better and safer use of internet to increase, amongst others,  the development of competences such on  critical thinking and media literacy.
  • Training: Both Child Focus and Média Animation will capitalize on and further deploy its training programmes for professionals (teachers and social workers) parents and vulnerable users.
  • Prevention:  Child Focus will continue to operate its e-safety helpline via which parents, professionals, teenagers and children can obtain advice on how to deal with harmful contact (grooming), harmful conduct (sexting) or harmful content and uncomfortable or scary experiences of using online technologies. If needed, refer the reports to the appropriate organisation in charge of such topics.
  • Reactive response: Child Focus continues to operate the hotline www.stopchildporno.be.
  • By actively cooperating with members of European networks (INSAFE, BIKNET, INHOPE …), partners of this project will exchange information about best practices, participate in meetings, design, and implement a European approach.
  • Youth will have an active role in awareness raising campaigns, tools development, analysis of trends and dissemination process.

This project also aims to promote dialogue and exchange of information and actions related to a better use of the internet and other technologies with the relevant industry representatives. B-BICO wants to make the industry aware of its responsibilities and stimulate a better coordination.

Duration

The project started in January 2015 and will last until June 2016. Afterwards, the consortium will continue its activities.

Contact

For further information, please contact:

 
 
Jeroen Gobin
 
 
Anne-Claire Orban
 
 
Olivier Gobert
 
Andy Demeulenaere andy.demeulenaere@iminds.be

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