The conference was organised by the Polish Safer Internet Centre, which is a part of NASK, a research institute, Empowering Children Foundation (formerly Nobody's Children Foundation), and the German consortium implementing the klicksafe project. The conference was co-organised by ITU (International Telecommunication Union), with Orange Foundation being the main partner. The event was held in Warsaw on 20 and 21 September at Airport Hotel Okęcie. It was addressed to the representatives of the education sector, non-governmental organisations, judiciary, law enforcement authorities as well as Internet service and content providers.
This year's edition hosted around 600 participants, including 60 speakers from Poland and abroad. I am convinced that thanks to such a wide circle of experts who represent a comprehensive approach to the issues of an effective and safe use of modern technologies, we will be able to develop new education and upbringing methods and implement them in a world in which the Internet plays such a significant role in every aspect our life – says Anna Rywczyńska, the Conference President from NASK.
The event was devoted to a wide range of issues related to the safety of children and young people on the Internet. This year, the participants debated on, inter alia, a growing problem relating to Internet overuse, a harmful conduct of Internet users, legal aspects related to the 'big data' revolution, and they considered whether computer games can be used for education purposes. The representatives of the Empowering Children Foundation and Orange Foundation presented the results of the national research "Parents and children in light of Internet threats".
Thanks to the research, conducted and analysed by as on a regular basis, we are able to identify important tendencies as far as threats to young Internet users are concerned. We observed recently, inter alia, a substantial increase in the value of mobile devices used by the majority of Polish children, including children at a preschool age – says Szymon Wójcik, the Conference Vice-President from Empowering Children Foundation.
The agenda also includes a panel discussion: "Safe and positive use of the modern media – the challenges of the digital world". Polish and foreign experts who deal on a daily basis with modern technologies used by children and young people took part in the debate.
The Ministry of Digital Affairs and the Children’s Ombudsman assumed the honorary patronage over the event.