Safer Internet Forum 2018

Please see the agenda of the event below or click here to download the PDF version.
Please note that individual session descriptions, speakers, content and timings may still be subject to slight change and any amendments will be published here.

When registering, you will be prompted to select two "deep dive" sessions from a total of six (please see below the agenda for deep dive session descriptions). Although we will endeavour to honour all choices, alternatives may be offered if sessions are oversubscribed.

09.00 – 09.30

Arrival and registration

09.30 – 10.45

The impact of technology on self-identity and personal relationships

There is an increasing awareness and acknowledgement that many of the platforms, apps and services we use have not been designed to express ourselves but rather to make money by keeping us hooked.

This session will focus on the impact this has on children’s and young people’s personal development and the relationships they form with their peers and family. It will also consider alternative models and design standards to better protect and empower consumers.

Keynote speaker: Dr Linda Papadopoulos
How digital technologies transform the perception of ourselves and our personal relationships.

• Marietje Schaake, MEP
• Geert Reynders, parent of a victim of an online challenge
• Emma Collins, Instagram

Chair: Marjolijn Bonthuis, Dutch Safer Internet Centre

10.45 – 11.15

Coffee break

11.15 – 12.30

High-level opening by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, presenting the #SaferInternet4EU Awards

The #SaferInternet4EU Awards is one of several actions which the European Commission has been supporting throughout 2018 to promote online safety, media literacy and cyber hygiene. This session will showcase and reward some of the best practices in the three competition categories:

• Youth
• Teachers
• Professional organisations

It will also provide an opportunity for a Q&A between Commissioner Gabriel and some of the #SaferInternet4EU Ambassadors she has appointed.

• Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, MEP
• Andrey Novakov, MEP
• Harry McCann, young Irish entrepreneur
• Sonia Livingstone, well-known expert on online safety

Moderator: Claire Bury, Deputy Director General, DG CONNECT

12.30 – 13.45

Lunch break

13.45 – 14.45


15.15 – 16.15

Deep dive sessions

All participants will be able to attend two “deep dive” sessions out of a possible six. Each session will run twice (from 13.45 – 14.45 and again from 15.15 – 16.15).

• DD1: Sexting
• DD2: Data privacy
• DD3: The journey of a report of child sexual abuse material
• DD4: Online challenges
• DD5: Deep fakes
• DD6: Youth

Coffee break in-between sessions

16.15 – 17.00

The impact of technology on society

This session will consider the impact of technology on society, focusing on how individuals, policy makers, industry and other stakeholders can address the challenges. It will focus on how technology is shaping democratic processes, examining especially how social media can aid the political and civic engagement of young people.


• Professor Homero Gil de Zúñiga, University of Vienna
• Noa Jansma, Youth activist who was able to use technology to make a positive change to society


Close of Safer Internet Forum 2018 and reception

Closing remarks: Gail Kent, Director, Directorate Data, DG CONNECT

Please note that individual session descriptions, speakers, content and timings may be subject to slight change.

Deep dive sessions

All participants will be able to attend two “deep dive” sessions out of a possible six. Each session will run twice (from 13.45 – 14.45 and again from 15.15 – 16.15). An indication of the session focus is given below. 



DD1: Sexting

The Belgian Safer Internet Centre have developed; a platform that gathers information, tools and resources for a wide variety of target groups around the topic of sexting. It includes a theatre group production which will be used as a stimulus for the session.

Participants will then discuss different approaches to sexting and consider whether current messages are fit for purpose.

Workshop leader: Nel Broothaerts, Child Focus/Belgian Safer Internet Centre and Mattias De Paep, O'Kontreir Theatre Company

DD2: Data privacy

Internet users are potentially observed without knowing if it is really happening. Participants who sign up for this session agree to potentially be the subject of online research and investigation (further information will be shared with those who sign up to attend the session).

No-one will be sure if they are being observed, so participants will also be able to report on their feelings about knowing that they might be being “watched” after signing up.

The session will conclude with tips and tricks to minimise data about ourselves on the internet, and will seek to answer the question “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” (Who Watches The Watchmen?).

Workshop leader: Chris Pinchen, The Privacy Agency

DD3: The journey of the report of child sexual abuse material

How do you report illegal content and what happens once you report it to a hotline? How do INHOPE hotlines work together across borders to remove child sexual abuse material (CSAM) from the internet?

Participants in this session will learn how to make a report to a hotline, and discover the process followed by the hotline once they receive a report. Participants will also gain an understanding of how a report is processed using ICCAM, INHOPE’s secure software solution to collect, exchange and categorise CSAM.

Workshop leader: Fred Langford (IWF) and Peter-Paul Urlaub (eco) on behalf of INHOPE (International Association of Internet Hotlines)

DD4: Online challenges

Participants will be given a snapshot of the types of online challenges that children and young people can be exposed to, from the frivolous to the downright dangerous. Young people have always been impulsive and “up for the challenge”, despite warnings from adults, but with peer encouragement and the very public nature of these challenges when they are online, the consequences can be significant.

How can we engage with young people and their parents in order to raise awareness of the risks?

Workshop leader: Will Gardner, Childnet International/UK Safer Internet Centre

DD5: Deep fakes

“Deep fake” is the term given to the digital manipulation of sound, images or video to impersonate someone, or to give the impression that an individual did something or said something (that they did not). This can be done in a way that is increasingly realistic and, more worryingly, difficult to detect.

With the help of a willing volunteer, participants in this session will be shown just how good technology is at doing this now. Follow-up discussions will consider how this challenge should be addressed and what messages need to be shared with different stakeholders.

Workshop leader: Boris Radanović, South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL)/UK Safer Internet Centre

DD6: Youth

In preparation for SIF 2018, a group of European youth panelists will discuss and prioritise a number of key safer/better internet issues, while co-creating – in dialogue with other stakeholders – possible solutions. The result might take the form of innovative online safety guidance, a peer-to-peer campaign or learning scheme, youth involvement in internet governance discussions, and so on.

As part of this session, BIK Youth Panellists will “pitch” the innovative safer/better internet concept which they have developed, while inviting the active input and support of session participants.

Workshop leader: Barbara Buchegger, Austrian Safer Internet Centre