SmartBus 2023: Off to a great start!

Insight launches a 2023 version of the SmartBus in Finland, Iceland and Sweden this week. In 2022, we reached more than 2000 teens with our innovative internet safety sessions animated by local magicians, and using Insight’s digital compass platform. Download the 2022 report here

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Global citizenship education - Preparing citizens for an equitable, sustainable future

Insight’s broadly ranging activities all focus on providing equal opportunities for learners everywhere, regardless on national contexts and constraints. On Saturday 11 March, we addressed an audience of educators in Iran to share ideas on education for the 21st century. The presentation can be found here

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Safer Internet Day

Today is Safer Internet Day (SID), and we're launching the Dutch version of All Aboard for DigiTown to celebrate. This digital citizenship course for 9-12 year-olds was created by the young people on Insight's 'Digital Good' Youth Council, and already exists in French, Icelandic and English

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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