The klicksafe youth advisory board

You are the voice!  Talking to young people, not about them.

Since 2009, klicksafe has been organizing the so-called Youth Panel at several schools in Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg , a youth advisory board in which students between the ages of 14-17 participate. Many of the young people involved are also active as media scouts and media mentors at their schools. klicksafe maintains a regular exchange with the young people and the pedagogical staff in charge at the schools. Among other things, monthly meetings are held at which the young people provide information about digital topics that concern them on a daily basis. What current potential dangers do they recognize on the Internet? What dangers do they see for younger students, for example? How do they represent themselves in social media? What do they want for the web in the future? etc.?

All results and findings from the joint work flow into teaching or information materials or are published on the klicksafe website or within campaigns such as Safer Internet Day.

Also on a European level, a lively exchange of all Youth Panels takes place at annual meetings. As part of the Safer Internet Network, klicksafe nominates representatives from Germany.

Better Internet For Kids (BIK) Youth Platform

At the European level, there is also a lively exchange between all Youth Panels at annual meetings. Under the umbrella of Better Internet for Kids (BIK), many smaller projects, campaigns and initiatives have emerged, all with the goal of enabling a better Internet for children and young people. The Bik youth website is the central point of contact for young people from all over Europe, where they can exchange and share their views on building a better Internet. For example, campaign videos are produced annually for Safer Internet Day, or digital demand papers are written to be forwarded to European government officials. As part of the Safer Internet Network, klicksafe nominates representatives from Germany as so-called Youth Ambassadors.

Materials in cooperation with the Youth Panel

All results and findings from the joint work flow into teaching or information materials or are published within campaigns such as Safer Internet Day. Special highlights included the development and programming of the cyber-bullying first-aid app by young people from the Youth Panel, as well as their involvement in the flyer "Tips for digital (survival)", in which young people were the mentors for a media literacy topic area. Every year on Safer Internet Day, the "Youth Talk" takes place, an authentic format in which young people have their say on current topics in short videos. In this context, members of the Youth Panel provided information in two video series for Safer Internet Day 2021 and Safer Internet Day 2022 on the respective annual topics "Who makes my opinion?" and "Fit for democracy - strong for society".