Mr. Helmbrecht speaking at the event with Commissioner Gabriel complimented the EU Commission on this initiative and commented on the importance of raising awareness in respect of online child safety and cyber-hygiene: “Safer Internet Day has become a landmark event in the online safety calendar, and the Safer Internet Centres are at the heart of protecting the youth.
Nowadays, the evolution of technology generates risks. People of all ages connect with friends and family online, download apps, share their photographs, activities and locations. In these circumstances, children are exposed and vulnerable to cyber-bullying, false news, inappropriate content and online predators.
We can reduce these risks by taking basic cyber-hygiene measures, such as using strong passwords, backing up valuable information, patching devices, scrutinising email attachments and links, but above all, encouraging the youth to think critically.
Parents, guardians and teachers should stay informed on current issues to understand what their children are experiencing on and off the Internet.
Everyone has a role in keeping the internet safer!”
ENISA’s Executive Director also went over the Agency’s recent efforts in the area of digital skills and cyber-hygiene, such as the European Cyber Security Month and the European Cyber Security Challenge. He also mentioned the release of several relevant reports such as “Cybersecurity Culture in Organisations”, “Cyber Hygiene Practices Report”, and “Status of privacy and NIS Course Curricula in Member States”.
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