On June 15th, the Greek Safer Internet Center officially joined AMBER Alert Europe. The partnership follows a successful collaboration on the #DontBeAnEasyCatch prevention campaign, which aimed to educate children, teenagers specifically, on online grooming.

“Awareness of online grooming is still lacking. The focus often lies on the dangers in the outside world, while children could just as easily be at risk in the safety of their own home when engaging in online activities. Additionally, not all children have the necessary knowledge and skills to keep themselves safe online. It is thus, of utmost importance to forge strong connections with organisations such as the Greek Safer Internet Center who are specialised in this area”, says Frank Hoen, Chairman and Founder of AMBER Alert Europe.

Hoen: “Following our successful collaboration on the #DontBeAnEasyCatch prevention campaign, an official partnership was the next logical step. We are delighted to have the Greek Safer Internet Center on board and look forward to joint projects to protect children online in the upcoming years.”

Prof. Paraskevi Fragopoulou, Coordinator of the Greek Safer Internet Center, says: “In our digital era children connect with each other on a range of devices and platforms and therefore it is our main priority to educate them on how to make safer choices online about who they trust and what content they share. Our partnership with AMBER Alert Europe is of great importance for us since together we can spread awareness on how children can protect themselves, especially now with the increase of groomers online.”

Greek Safer Internet Center

The Greek Safer Internet Center was launched in July 2016 under the auspices of the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas and, in particular, the Institute of Computer Science. The ultimate goal of the organisation is to promote a safer, responsible, and better use of the internet and mobile technologies among children and young people, interacting with all stakeholders to bridge the digital gap between home and school and between generations. It provides information, assistance, and support to young and adult internet users through its awareness website www.SaferInternet4Kids.gr, Help-line (www.help-line.gr), and SafeLine (www.safeline.gr), its Hotline dealing with illegal content.

For more information, please visit www.SaferInternet4Kids.gr