Thursday, 29 October 2009
Dr. Yiannis Laouris and Lawrence Kalogreades represented CyberEthics (the Cyprus Internet Safety Awareness Node) and the Cyprus Safer Internet Helpline respectively in a four-day INSAFE event which took place in Luxembourg on the 19th – 23rd of October.
The event’s rigorous schedule included a meeting of the INSAFE Steering Committee members which lasted an entire day, a day dedicated to training sessions for the Helpline coordinators which included a series of discussions where best practices were shared, and an annual meeting of all the INSAFE members as well as national stakeholders.
Concurrently, the 2009 pan-European Youth Panel on online safety also took place in Luxembourg, beginning on the 20th and culminating in a Youth Panel and INSAFE discussion forum on the 22nd of October which was open to the public.
The meeting was particularly fruitful for CyberEthics, the Safer Internet Helpline, and FWC as a whole, since it strengthened the already existing bonds between European nodes and especially those of the Mediterranean region. Concurrently, the sharing of Safer Internet Helpline best practices between all the European Internet Helplines has assisted in the generation of new service and dissemination strategies for the Cyprus Safer Internet Helpline which are based on successes on a pan-European level.