Insight inputs on the digital vibe shift at the ECP Jaarfestival 2022
In November 2022, Insight attended the yearly ECP Jaarfestival to help lead an IS3C (Internet standards, safety and security coalition) workshop. This year's theme was 'the vibe shift of the digital age'. At the Dutch festival, Wout de Natris and Teuntje Manders presented recent IS3C research looking at the gap between the needs of the cybersecurity industry and the skills of tertiary education graduates. The audience, people from the cybersecurity industry, confirmed the results that came from the research: there definitely is a considerable gap, also in the Netherlands, and the research has enabled us to formulate a work plan for 2023, with recommendations for all sectors involved. The workshop sparked the interest of education, business and cybersecurity sectors. 
 
Several other sessions proved every bit as fascinating as their intriguing titles promised: 'How will the internet be ours again?', 'Do you want to digitally die?' and 'Young people as (digi)heroes - Young Digital Leadership'. The Jaarfestival 2022 offered rich knowledge sharing opportunities, bringing together many young people with their older counterparts to work towards a shared goal: explore how to deal with the digital vibe shifts.
Digital citizenship education from a parent’s perspective

This week the Council of Europe has published a study report authored by Insight members Janice and Veronica. It documents parents' understanding of digital citizenship education and looks at ways they tackled the challenges of covid-forced school closures in 2020-2021. More generally, it describes what families say they need to help their children become healthy, responsible, active citizens in today's increasingly digital world. Find the report here.

Closing the gap between the needs of the cybersecurity industry and the skills of tertiary education graduates

Insight chairs a working group on Digital skills and education in the IS3C, which is a dynamic coalition in the UN's Internet Governance Forum. In 2021, Insight together with the IS3C launched a study to better understand the skill shortage in the cybersecurity sector. It began with a series of interviews conducted with industry, business and tertiary education leaders in 14 countries, to draw up a base-line set of transversal and professional skills. Further research was then conducted via a survey questionnaire with responses from 66 countries worldwide. The project is supported by the Polish organisation, NASK, and the Dutch SIDN Fonds. Results confirm that a big gap definitely exists! The report was officially presented at the yearly Internet Governance Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 1 December 2022. Read the research report here to find out more about the skills that appear to be lacking, the solutions proposed, some of the good practices already underway, and recommendations from Insight on the way forward.

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Artificial Intelligence and Education

Artificial Intelligence is currently a buzz word in education, and Insight is proud to be contributing to ongoing AI and Education discussions at the Council of Europe and UNESCO. Find the article and the report here.

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Insight's partnership with Snapchat

Insight is starting a new partnership with Snapchat. Snapchat is an app that allows you to share photos and videos with others online. But unlike Facebook and Instagram, the content isn’t stored permanently. Once it’s viewed, it disappears and becomes irretrievable. If someone would want to save it or take a screenshot, you receive a notification of this.
Since spring 2016, Snapchat consistently ranks as the most important social network for teenagers in the United States. There are over 210 million active Snapchat users. Snapchat is how teens communicate.
The partnership is happening not only to stay updated on emerging trends in social media, but also to ensure that platforms and tools are developed with young users in mind. 
Read the press release here.

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  • Digital Citizenship

    Digital CitizenshipDigital citizenship competences (values, attitudes, skills and knowledge) shape how we act in the digital world, and how ethically it will evolve. We work in multi-stakeholder partnership with institutions, industry, national governments, universities and NGOs worldwide to develop educational tools and services to empower young people as responsible digital citizens. 2019 has seen the launch of the Council of Europe’s Digital Citizenship Education Handbook co-authored by Insight experts and, on November 21, the adoption of a recommendation to integrate digital citizenship education into school curricula in its 47 member countries.

  • Data Protection

    HaveYourSayEducation alone is not enough to protect children. It’s necessary to be involved in research in digital technology, and work hand in hand with industry, governments and international institutions to future-proof tools and platforms, shape policy and ensure broad reach. Insight is part of Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board, Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council, and the Council of Europe’s Digital Citizenship Education working group. It’s proud to be recognised as a source of creative ideas and a trusted partner to dozens of such entities, yet to speak out loudly and clearly when children’s rights are at stake.

  • Anti Bullying

    Bullying2Anti-bullying initiatives include the EU-funded programme ENABLE, subject of a publication with the Council of Europe entitled Bullying: perspectives, practice and insights. 

    We actively support the NoBully Power of Zero Power of Zero anti-bullying programme (USA-based), and implemented workshops and more with the Ministry of Education in Seychelles.

  • Child Protection

    ProtectionThe most powerful way to help children become responsible internet users and stay safe online is through education. We create and implement innovative approaches, tools and publications for children and their families, teachers and community. One such tool is the Council of Europe’s Internet Literacy Handbook (4th revised edition), co-authored by Insight experts since its inception in 2003. The 2019 SMART bus tour is another example, now being rolled out by magicians in secondary schools in the Netherlands and Belgium. SMART sums up the Insight approach - Social sense; My footprint; Access to opportunities; Rights and responsibilities; Trust.