SIC-SPAIN: the European project led by INCIBE is over

One of its main objectives has been the creation of a public-private platform, at national level, to coordinate activities to raise awareness on the safe use of technology


The European project SIC-SPAIN ‘Safer Internet Centre Spain’ led by INCIBE, through Internet Segura for Kids (IS4K), the Internet Safety Centre for minors in Spain, was launched in January 2019 and finished on 31 December 2020. Its objectives have been to reinforce and promote awareness and training of minors, parents and educators, as well as to consolidate and strengthen the helpline and the hotline integrated into the global INHOPE network.

In addition, within the framework of this project, a public-private platform has been created to coordinate different entities to deploy actions to raise awareness of the safe use of technology and the Internet by minors and people in their environment with an extended impact at a national level. Thus, several entities are part of the consortium, such as Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Empantallados, la Fundación Aprende a Mirar, EU Kids Online, ICMEDIA, Pantallas Amigas and Plataforma de Infancia. These initiatives also include the annual Safer Internet Day (which next edition will be held on 9 February 2021), and actions led by youth platforms.

On the other hand, this project has boosted INCIBE's Cybersecurity Helpline which provides free and confidential advice through the short number 017 of social interest and national coverage. SIC-SPAIN has also allowed working closely with the National Police and the Guardia Civil with competencies in this area, forming part of the project consortium, to consolidate a hotline integrated into the global INHOPE network and to improve Spain's capacities for the elimination of child sexual abuse content on the Internet.


SIC-SPAIN has been co-financed by the European Union (EU) through the CEF-Telecom funding programme and the Safer Internet call (CEF-TC-2018-1). During two years, the project has allowed, among other actions, to carry out 11 awareness campaigns, more than 600 trainings, both to children and young people, as well as to parents, educators and other professionals of the sector and to attend more than 2,900 calls in the helpline.

Due to the success of the project and the results from the public-private collaboration, during the last year of the project a new proposal has been prepared and presented for the Safer Internet call (CEF-TC-2020-1) to provide continuity to the activity developed and in which the consortium is extended to include more participating entities in the awareness and diagnosis mission.

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