Monday, 2 June 2014

POSCON at the FOSI 2014 European Forum – Creating a Better Internet

Logo of conference - FOSI 2014 European ForumRemco Pijpers from My Child Online and POSCON Network Member represented the Thematic Network POSCON at the FOSI conference about safer internet for children in Paris, on May 22. 
The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) is an international, non-profit organization which works to make the online world safer for kids and their families. FOSI convenes leaders in industry, government and the non-profit sectors to collaborate and innovate new solutions and policies in the field of online safety.

Remco participated in the panel discussion ‘Doing Good Online, Making a Better Internet’. This panel covered best practices for creating more positive content for children. Remco talked about the work of the Thematic Network POSCON and stressed the need for more positive content, making that a priority for companies and the need for more research into the positive use of the Internet. 
The panel expressed the need to get more children competing and learning to code as well as opening up the education system to allow creativity. Remco provided an example of the King of the Netherlands inviting children to produce content and handing out prizes as a way to encourage more content for kids. The panel agreed that high-profile individuals can help incentivize content creation. 
One of the POSCON Network Members also joined the panel: Filip Rožánek from Czech Radio as winner of the European Award for Best Content For Kids with the website "Webík Rádia Junior" . He explained how he divides content for age groups including pre-schoolers and older kids and said the key to making the Internet better is more education and less regulation.  

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