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An Evolving Online Safety Landscape MOOC


Welcome to the BIK MOOC: An Evolving Online Safety Landscape

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What do children and young people need to become safe, empowered and active participants online, with no one left behind? How do key EU initiatives such as the European strategy for a better internet for kids (the BIK+ strategy) affect the digital experiences of children and young people? What measures can we expect from industry to keep minors safe online as a result of legislatives changes such as the Digital Services Act?
This course will provide background information and understanding of key initiatives that are shaping the digital experiences of children and young people. The course will also explore the ways in which teachers and schools can help to protect and promote children's rights in a digital world, how education can empower children and young people with the necessary skills and competences for the Digital Decade, and methods to encourage all youth to actively participate in shaping a better and safer internet.

You can follow the course at your own pace. We will open one module at the beginning of each week, and there are only a few deadlines you need to pay attention to (those for the peer assessment activity).

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Learning objectives

  • To understand the rights of all children and how these apply in their digital lives.
  • To identify the skills and competences needed for youth to be safe, healthy and positive online.
  • To become familiar with key EU policy initiatives, such as the European strategy for a better internet for kids (also known as the BIK+ strategy) and the Digital Services Act (DSA) and identify ways in which this will affect the digital experiences of children and young people.
  • To consider the roles that schools, educators and families play in raising awareness, developing competence and encouraging active participation.


The course is targeted at primary and secondary school teachers of any subject. Other educational professionals and stakeholders, such as heads of schools, school support staff, and policy makers with an interest in this topic are welcome to join also.


  • Module 1: Understanding children’s rights in a digital world opens on 11/03/2024
  • Module 2: Identifying online risks and creating safe digital environments opens on 18/03/2024
  • Module 3: Empowering children and young people through digital skills and literacy opens on 25/03/2024
  • Module 4: Supporting youth to participate and innovate opens on 01/04/2024


In order to receive the certificate, the participation in the quizzes will count for 5%, and the learning scenario together with the peer reviews will count for 95%. The overall passing grade is 95%.

The final deadline to complete all activities is Wednesday, 17 April, 23:59 CEST.

Note to teachers from Portugal: You can get your successful participation in a European Schoolnet Academy course formally recognised as a valid continuous professional development, and thereby acquire the relevant number of training hours, by sending your certificate to the Conselho Científico e Pedagógico de Formação Contínua (CCPFC) at Rua do Forno, nº 30, 1º andar - apartado 2168, 4700 - 429 Braga, Portugal. For more information, please contact the CCPFC.

Note to teachers from Emilia-Romagna: Per i docenti della regione Emilia-Romagna iscritti alla piattaforma regionale è possibile ottenere, oltre all’attestato rilasciato da European Schoolnet Academy, anche l’attestato rilasciato dall’Ufficio Scolastico Regionale per l'Emilia-Romagna (Servizio Marconi) che attua un'azione di facilitazione ed accompagnamento a questa attività. Maggiori informazioni al link:

Note to teachers from Ireland: It may be possible to count the completion of this course as part fulfilment of any discretionary CPD hours, subject to your school management's approval. Therefore, please enquire with your school management if your participation in this course can be formally recognised. 

Course Staff

Eray Başar - Course Coordinator

Eray is a member of the Digital Citizenship Department at the EUN. He works mainly on the youth participation and project assessment tasks of the Better Internet for Kids project, among others.

Gareth Cort - Course Moderator

Gareth works as an online safety consultant as part of the Digital Citizenship team at European Schoolnet, developing educational materials for youth, educators and parents/carers. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is a qualified primary school teacher.

Behind the course

With funding provided by the European Commission's Digital Europe Programme (DIGITAL), the joint Insafe and INHOPE network of Safer Internet Centres collaborates to deliver a safer internet, promoting safe, responsible use of the internet and mobile devices to children, young people and their families, and working to identify and remove illegal content online, in line with the EC’s Better Internet for Kids Strategy. Visit the Better Internet for Kids portal for further information.


The ‘An evolving online safety landscape - supporting children and young people to have more positive online experiences’ course is produced by European Schoolnet on behalf of the European Commission as part of the Better Internet for Kids contract with active involvement from Insafe network members.
This MOOC is provided in good faith with regards to the validity, accuracy or comprehensiveness of the information contained within it, but please note that the views expressed are not necessarily the views of the European Commission or any partner organisations. Please note also, the authors have no control over third-party references and linked sites, and any referenced links may be subject to change over time.

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    3 hours (12 in total)