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National initiatives Poland

Several nongovernmental programmes and organizations in Poland are implementing projects to raise awareness and ICT literacy among young people. The most important is the Interklasa Programme and the Polish Educational Portal Interklasa.

The 'Education on the Internet - Polish Educational Portal Interkl@sa' Programme is a joint undertaking of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation and the Interklasa Initiative, which operates on the basis of modern technological infrastructure, provided by the Pozna_ Supercomputing and Networking Centre (Pozna_skie Centrum Superkomputerowo Sieciowe).

The portal was designed especially for users in small towns and villages, and works as a tool to equalize educational opportunities. It is the main project run under the Interkl@sa Programme and is the leading educational portal on the Polish Internet.

In September 2004 the Interklasa portal was recognizsed as the best educational portal in the "Komputer _wiat" (Computer World) test, and was honoured with the European Certificate - European Language Label for the French language service. The portal achieves over 8 million page views per month and has over 20,000 registered users.

The Interklasa portal uses Gemius Web Analssing System. Gemius is the leading Internet research company in Poland.

The portal offers not only educational resources (e.g. daily news, e-library, 7000 items of digital material, multimedia, educational animations, tests, educational games) and services (e.g. weekly newsletters with over 35 000 recipients, free mail boxes, discussion groups, chat, private messaging, Virtual Class - an innovative tool for online learning and co-operation), but also supports many educational initiatives and acts as a promotional tool for European and Polish educational projects.

Safer Internet Initiatives

An educational campaign connected with the problem of safe use of the Internet is "Dziecko w sieci" (Child in the Web - http://www.dzieckowsieci.pl) organized by Nobody's Children Foundation. It focuses on the problem of the security of children using computer networks to communicate with people they hardly know.

The first stage of this campaign was in response to the results of a public opinion poll conducted in 2003 that showed a fundamental ignorance of the principles of safe Internet use among Polish children. Children willingly give their personal details and send their photos to strangers. More than 25% of child Internet users meet their online 'friends' in the real world.

In view of these findings and the growing frequency of reported cases of grooming in Poland the Nobody's Children Foundation decided to develop and implement a complex prevention programme.

This program consisted of two parts: media, and an educational campaign. The educational campaign was developed in cooperation with the programme 'A school with class' from the Polish daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza and the Centre for Citizenship Education. In the framework of this campaign an educational programme was developed and distributed. Over 15.000 children participated in lessons about safer use of the Internet.

Currently the NCF is carrying out the second stage of the 'Child in the Web' campaign. It is called "Sieciaki" (www.sieciaki.pl) and the main aim is to continue the activities from the first stage using advanced computer applications to make children aware of the dangers connected with computer networks.

The Sieciaki programme is connected with the 'Raising Awareness' project which is a part of the 'Safer Internet Action Plan' (www.saferInternetday.pl). Raising Awarness is managed by the NASK (Naukowa I Akdemicka Sie_ Komputerowa - http://www.nask.pl www.cert.pl) and NCF (Nobody's Children Foundation).

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