The study, commissioned by the EU Commission, examines how the EU strategy Better Internet for Kids (BIK) is being implemented in the individual Member States and draws up a BIK Policy Map III on this basis.
The European Strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK) has five main objectives:
- High-quality online content for children and young people;
- Digital- und MedienkDigital and media literacy in education;
- Raising awareness and increasing personal responsibility;
- Rules and tools for a safe online environment for children;
- Combating the sexual abuse and exploitation of children.
As early as 2015 and 2018, European Schoolnet (EUN) was commissioned by the EU Commission to investigate the implementation of the strategy in the individual Member States. It analysed how the strategy was integrated into the regulatory framework and policies of each EU Member State.
The BIK Policy Map Study ("Mapping Safer Internet Policies in the Member States"), which was published for the first time in 2015, presented the status of BIK implementation, the instruments used and the actors involved in 26 countries.
In 2018, the analysis was repeated with refined indicators (final report
; country-specific interactive overviews of results
The third survey, BIK Policy Map III, will be conducted from April 2019 to March 2021 by EUN, the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) at the Technological University Dublin and the Leibniz Institute for Media Research. The core tasks of the HBI are the further development and optimisation of the BIK Policy Map survey instrument and the analytical data evaluation, for example with regard to factors such as political coordination, policy design and relevant actors.
The final report will be presented at the Safer Internet Forum in autumn 2020 and will provide an overview of progress in the implementation of the BIC strategy; the study results will be used by EU and Member State policy bodies to continue and improve sustainable child and youth protection policies.