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Wednesday, December 20 • 16:40 - 17:10
Council of Europe: Launching the Internet Literacy Handbook for children and grown-ups (WS291)

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Proposer's Name: Ms. Gisella Gori
Proposer's Organization: Council of Europe
Co-Proposer's Name: Mr. Lee Hibbard
Co-Proposer's Organization: Council of Europe
Co-Organizers: Ms. Gisella Gori, International organisation, Council of Europe

Session Format: Flash Session - 30 Min

Stakeholder Group: Intergovernmental Organizations

Stakeholder Group: Intergovernmental Organizations

Chair: Corina Calugaru, Main speaker: Janice Richardson, Speakers: Elizabeth Milovidov and Martin Schmalzried

Content of the Session:
Launch of the new edition of the Council of Europe Internet Literacy Handbook. Since the first edition of the Internet Literacy Handbook was issued in 2003 the world of the Internet has changed tremendously. The number of Internet users has risen; users are increasingly younger, trends in how people use the Internet and what they are looking for evolve, and new risks, for example, in relation to personal security arise seemingly overnight. Through a quiz for the audience and related short presentations of sections of the Handbook, the speakers of the session will cover how the new edition of the Internet Literacy Handbook takes into account the many changes and challenges of internet. The Handbook's goal is to continue offering young people, families, educators and policy-makers sufficient and up-to-date technical know-how to allow them to navigate through communication technology.

Relevance of the Session:
The Internet Literacy Handbook is a tool for children, parents, teachers and policy makers to be able to make the most of Internet and prepare future generations to use the Internet safely an confidently by being aware of opportunities and risks. The Internet Literacy Handbook sets out to provide information and promote reflection on some of the more complex ethical, sociological and cultural issues that are intrinsically linked to digital- and media-related activities which have taken on such a large role in the lives of a majority of people in many parts of the world. Although this edition proposes a similar structure, the content has been completely updated and new Fact sheets added, with special focus also on the technology of tomorrow. 

Tag 1: Human Rights Online
Tag 2: Child Online Protection
Tag 3: Child Safety

Following a brief introduction by Janice Richardson, creator of Safer Internet Day and Senior consultant on children’s rights, education and awareness (Insight), Elizabeth Milovidov, Consultant and Coach on Digital Parenting, will animate an interactive dialogue alternating quizzing the audience with short presentations of the Handbook related to the quiz questions. Janice, Elisabeth and the third author of the Handbook, Martin Schmalzried, Senior Policy Officer, COFACE (Confederation of Family Organizations in the EU) will participate in the dialogue and the Q&A session.


Diversity is ensured by gender and regional origin of the speakers (Canada, Europe, USA). The speakers are child protection experts from civil society. The session will bring together international organisations, government, civil society and youth. Internet companies are being approached to bring their perspectives.

Onsite Moderator: Elizabeth Milovidov
Online Moderator: Susie.morgan@coe.int 
Rapporteur: Gisella Gori

Online Participation:
The session will mobilise government representatives from the Pan-European region responsible for child protection at the national level. Tweets and social media coverage will be covered by Council of Europe colleagues responsible for communications. 

Discussion facilitation:
Balancing quiz questions and presentations, the moderator will ensure the interactive dialogue between the on-site audience and those connecting remotely. 

Conducted a Workshop in IGF before?: No
Link to Report: 

Additional Reference Document Link: https://rm.coe.int/internet-literacy-handbook/168075debb

Session Organizers

Gisella Gori

programme officer, Council of Europe

Wednesday December 20, 2017 16:40 - 17:10 CET
Room IX - A United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)