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NEWSLETTER MAY 2019

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Internet challenges suddenly arise and spread rapidly via social media. Our ambition is to inform you through our newsletter as quickly and thoroughly as possible. Carefulness is crucial here. Where possible, we first check whether it is a fake challenge. A medical team advises us about the dangers of a new challenge. The newsletters also contain updates on new teaching material, new means to start a conversation with your child and interesting lectures or campaigns in the field of internet challenges.

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AN OVERVIEW OF OUR RECENT ACTIVITIES

Since our last newsletter (in Dutch) earlier this year, quite some activities were deployed within our Foundation. A brief summary of the most important activities:

  • After our visit to the EU Safer Internet Forum in Brussels, our website is now also available in English.
  • An information film is being worked on to make our website even more visual. This will also be developed for other purposes into a mini-documentary.
  • We have completed an initial research with minors together with Jong & Je Wil Wat. A summary of the first results is included in this newsletter.
  • Students from Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam are conducting research into challenges. The purpose of this research is to better inform doctors on this subject.
  • On April 30, we had the opportunity to present our story at a meeting of the "Alliance to better protect minors online" in Brussels. You can also find more information about this below.
  • A questionnaire will be sent from Stichting Opvoeden to their National Parent Panel. In this way we want to gain insight to what extent the parents are aware of challenges and how we can better inform them.
  • The Omnia College and Merewade Practical School in Gorinchem (NL) has agreed to participate in a pilot: questionnaire among young people, information, mentor lessons and musical / rap song about challenges.
  • And finally we are fully busy with the preparations for an animation movie and a Real live action film for and with young people.
Of course we can not do this all by ourselves and we are very grateful to the volunteers and donors for their help!

NEW CHALLENGE ALERT: SHELL ON
CHALLENGE !



In recent weeks, a new challenge has emerged that can be harmful to health. This is called the "Shell On" challenge. The challenge started relatively innocently. People ate food such as a raw egg with a shell or a banana with a skin. But now films are appearing in which the plastic or cardboard packaging is eaten. Several doctors have already warned about the consequences. With foor wrapped in plastic there is a risk of suffocation and certain types of plastic also contain substances that are linked to cancer. So the challenge is anything but good for your health ...
 
Sources:
https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/29/shell-challenge-latest-dangerous-social-media-craze-9333493/
https://eu.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2019/04/27/new-viral-challenge-shell-on-teens-eating-plastic-paper/3598189002/
 

INFORM BUT DO NOT FORBID


Last week Jong & Je Wil Wat presented the results of a study that we have conducted together with them in recent months. An important part of this research was a so-called Power session with 15 young people between 13 and 18 years old. We wanted to know how young people view online challenges and work with them to come up with solutions to prevent challenges from getting out of hand.

We wanted to share with you the main conclusions of this research: 
  • The most important reasons for participating in online challenges are: tension / sensation, curiosity, strengthening friendships and increasing popularity.
  • Participating in a challenge is easily accessible: you need few necessities for it and you actually need little 'talent' to execute them.
  • The danger is underestimated because participating in a challenge apparently had no dangerous consequences for others.
  • Participation usually occurs under the influence of others, with influencers playing an important role.
  • According to young people, teachers and parents are not sufficiently aware of online challenges. As a result, little is said about it.
  • The prohibition does not work with young people. Warning young people about the dangers and having a conversation about it does work.
Within our working group we will now determine which concrete actions we will elaborate. The guiding principles that we want to use are:
  • Combining humor with a serious message
  • For and by young people
  • Call on young people with 'experience'
  • Involve Influencers
  • Involve and inform parents
  • Enter into collaborations with stakeholders
Some very nice anchor points to tackle matters in a concrete way ...


MEDIA INDUSTRY TAKES ITS RESPONSIBILITY


For several years now - under the leadership of the European Commission - a group of Media & Telecom companies and NGOs have regularly come together to think about a safer internet for minors. This also includes leading companies such as Facebook, Instagram and Google.

https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/alliance-better-protect-minors-online

On April 30, we had the opportunity with the foundation to present our story to this group and create further awareness on challenges. The responses were positive and even heartwarming. There is a fair chance that we will become a permanent member of this Alliance and that Challenges will be an important project for the coming year.

To be continued...


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Foundation T.I.M.

"On May 6, 2017 our 16-year-old son Tim died as a result of the 'choking game'. For us, unfortunately, a completely unknown world has opened up of dangerous and absurd online challenges. Parents, doctors, schools and educators know less and less what the children are confronted with via the internet. As Tim's parents and sister, we then conceived the idea of structurally warning about these kinds of online challenges. We want to prevent new victims from falling among young people. "

~ Geert & Anita Reynders

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