Download the Forum booklet, containing the agenda and information on the speakers.


Event Description

December 2021 marks the mid-term point of the KID_ACTIONS project and the time for the first of two KID_ACTIONS EU Policy, Research and Practitioners Forums.

The first Forum took place on 29-30 November 2021 in a hybrid format. The Forum aimed at accommodating the participation of stakeholders present onsite in Trento (IT) or participating online.

The Forum brought together no less than 50 key policy makers, researchers, industry partners and practitioners working on securing a safer and more empowering digital environment for children and young people. The Forum took a dialogic form in which provisional findings and tools of the project were presented. Participants had the opportunity to engage in interactive sessions during which they provided input and share best practices that will feed the development of the KID_ACTIONS solutions and policy recommendations focusing on the multifaceted dimension of cyberbullying among children and adolescents. 

For a successful first KID_ACTIONS Forum, we engaged with youth representatives, policy makers from the European, national and local level, civil society, education experts, and industry representatives. The Forum served to better understand the needs of this variety of stakeholders in order to fully reach the potential of the tools and resources the KID_ACTIONS project will develop. 


All timings are in Central European Time (CET).

29 November 2021

14:00 – 14:15 


14:15 – 14:45 

Opening session

14:45 – 15:15

Cyberbullying – what does the research say? 

An overview of research in the field of cyberbullying

15:15 – 16.45 

Panel in response to research findings

Following the more research based presentation this panel aims to discuss the practice/”reality” by giving the floor to various experts sharing their research/experiences/work in their respective areas.

16:45 -17:15 Coffee break 
17:15 -17:45

Bullying – a never ending battle? 

Keynote address 

17:45 Closing 

30 November 2021

9:00-09:30 Welcome 
09:30 -10:30 

Deep dive session: The KID_ACTIONS Digital Education Platform and Educational Toolkit

This hands-on session will present the current status of the design and development of the KID_ACTIONS Digital Education Platform and Training and Educational Toolkits.

    10:30 -10:50

    Coffee break

    10:50 –


    Stakeholder roundtable – how can KID_ACTIONS outputs meet stakeholders’ needs?

    During this session, we will ask the participants about their needs and how they could use KID_ACTIONS digital and non-digital tools and resources to support their efforts, including a special focus on good practices.

    12:20 –


    Discussion and exchange in plenary

    All participants will meet each other back in the plenary to discuss the main messages and key takeaways of the two-day Forum, in order to inspire the further development of the KID_ACTIONS solutions and a set of policy recommendations.

    13:00  Closing and farewell




    Keynote speaker

    Alex is Deputy CEO at non-profit The Diana Award, which is a legacy to Princess Diana’s belief that young people have the power to change the world.  He is founder of peer-to-peer support programme Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, a network of trained young people dedicated to preventing peer on peer violence and bullying particularly in schools. This is a programme Alex founded when aged 16, after experiencing bullying himself. The programme has trained over 35,000 young people across UK, Ireland, Greece, Miami (United States) empowering young people to keep themselves and their peers safe and happy, in 4,000 schools.

    Alex sits on the global safety advisory boards of several of the major social media and tech companies advising them on their approach to safety and online harms.  He’s a regular expert on ITV This Morning, CBBC Newsround and a trusted government advisor.

    Alex was named on the Independent on Sunday’s Happy List as one of the ‘100 people who make Britain a happier place to live’ and has a keen interest on barriers to children’s happiness and wellbeing.

    Currently, Caridad is a board member of OBESSU (Organisation Bureau of European Students Schools Union). She has just finished her last year of high school and will be studying for a Social Education degree at the University of Murcia. Caridad concerns about achieving a fair and equal education for every student. She believed in cooperation and open-minded education.

    An international youth worker, trainer and facilitator, Debora is passionate about learning and supporting the empowerment of others. She has completed the Training of Trainers in Human Rights Education of the Council of Europe and has been acting in contrasting hate speech since 2015, thanks to her involvement with the No Hate Speech Movement Campaign in the UK and now in Italy, where she’s the national Coordinator since 2019. With the organisation of which she’s VicePresident, APICE, she’s now working at the “WeCAN 4 Human Rights Speech” project, coordinated by the Inclusion and Antidiscrimination Unit of the Council of Europe and designed to follow the work of the WeCAN! Manual.


    Valerio Basile is an Assistant Professor in the Content-centered Computing group at University of Turin, and a member of the Hate Speech Monitoring group. His work spans across several areas such as: formal representations of meaning, linguistic annotation, natural language generation, commonsense knowledge, semantic parsing, sentiment analysis, and hate speech detection, perspectives and bias in supervised machine learning, from data creation to system evaluation.


    Graduated in Political Sciences, she has been working for twenty years on research about discrimination and equal opportunities. She is a project manager within the Department for Programmes in Italy and Europe of COSPE (Cooperation for the Development of Emerging Countries), NGO  based in Florence working on sustainable development and promotion of human rights. She is currently working on projects about equal opportunities, anti-discrimination and human rights in Italy and Europe. She has coordinated three projects about online hate speech: BRICkS – Building Respect on the Internet by Combating hate Speech, Silence Hate – Changing words changes the world and Play your role! Gamification against hate speech.

    Davide Cino, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Researcher and Adjunct Professor at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan. He’s currently working on the Horizon 2020 ySKILLS and CO:RE projects and collaborates on the KiDiCoTi (Kids’ Digital lives in Corona times) project with the Joint Research Center. He is a member of national and international research centers where he served as a researcher and/or visiting scholar. His main research interests concern children’s online presence, digital skills, and digital parenting, which he studies employing different methodologies and through an interdisciplinary lens.

    Gareth is an in-house online safety consultant for European Schoolnet (EUN) and works on a number of projects as part of the Digital Citizenship team, including the development of the KID_ACTIONS educational toolkit. He also provides consultancy for the UK Safer Internet Centre, as well as delivering education and awareness sessions to youth and adults on safe, healthy and positive internet use. Gareth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is a qualified primary school teacher.

    Verónica Donoso is (PhD in Social Sciences [KU Leuven, Belgium], MA in education and BA in linguistics [Universidad de Chile]). Verónica is a Research Associate at the Institute for Media Studies (IMS), University of Leuven (KU Leuven) and an independent consultant specialised in digital literacy, online safety and education. Verónica has more than 18 years of experience on research and policy work. Before becoming an independent consultant, Verónica was INHOPE’s Executive Director. INHOPE is the leading global network combatting online Child Sexual Abuse Material.

    Lydia El-Khouri is a programme manager at Textgain – AI for good. Textgain is a language technology spin-off company from the University of Antwerp, that develops AI for addressing societal challenges, such as online hate speech, disinformation, radicalization and extremism. Lydia is currently coordinating the EC funded projects, Detect Then Act and the European Observatory on Online Hate.
    Lydia has over 20 years’ experience in field of Diversity, Advocacy and Freedom of Expression. Working previously at the Media Diversity Institute (MDI), The Freedom Forum, the Irish Mission to the OSCE and The International Press Institute. She has developed and implemented large scale diversity programmes in the Balkans, South Caucasus, the Middle East and Europe, including Get The Trolls Out! project which is designed to combat anti-religious hate in the media and online.

    Federico Faloppa is Professor of Italian Studies and Linguistics at the University of Reading (UK), where he is Director of the MA in Migration and Intercultural Studies. He has worked on the construction of otherness through language, language policies and migration, the representation of minorities and migrants in the media, racism in language and hate speech. He has published several studies on these topics, including “Parole contro. La rappresentazione del diverso in italiano e nei dialetti” (2004), “Razzisti a parole (per tacer dei fatti)” (2011), “#Odio. Manuale di resistenza alla violenza delle parole” (2020). He is also coordinator of the National Network for Combating Hate Speech and Hate Phenomena, and a member of the Committee of Experts for Combating Hate Speech of the Council of Europe.


    Laura Higgins is Director of Community Safety and Digital Civility at Roblox with more than two decades of experience building proven safeguarding, online safety and civility programs. Roblox’s groundbreaking digital civility initiative is focused on providing the community with the skills needed to create positive online experiences in partnership with the world’s leading safety and industry organizations that drive meaningful change. Civility online is a new concept that’s based on existing principles—that everybody has a part to play in making the digital world a better place.

    Bill has spent a large part of his career involved in the delivery and management of specialist advisory services in a variety of statutory and third sector settings, including four years as Welfare Right officer with Bradford Council, twenty years as Student Advice Centre manager, and then Non-Commercial services manager with a large Higher Education Students’ Union. Since joining Stop Hate UK in 2015, Bill has worked extensively both as a Helpline Operator, engaged in the delivery of a number of projects aimed at responses to manifestations of hate speech online.

    Dr Anita Lavorgna is Associate Professor of Criminology at the Department of Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology, University of Southampton. Anita has an international research track record and expertise in interdisciplinary research drawing together criminology, socio-legal studies, and web science. She has worked extensively on cybercrime, serious and organised crime, and online social harms.

    Enrico Maria Piras obtained his Ph. D. in Information Systems and Organization at University of Trento. He is an adjunct professor at University of Verona and a senior researcher at Fondazione Bruno Kessler. His main research interests are related to the organizational and interpersonal adjustment related to the adoption of ICTs in the medical practice, with particular regard to patient-provider interactions. He has coordinated the requirement gathering phase in European projects aiming at exploiting AI tools to support prevention 1) for elderly people with mild frailty, negative effects of cyberbullying among teenagers.


    Claudia Matera is Project and Fundraising Officer at ALL DIGITAL in Brussels. She has an extensive career as a researcher, project manager and lecturer at universities in the UK and Italy and for public and networking organisations in the Netherlands. Her background is within the contemporary arts carrying out research in the fields of Creative and Cultural Industries, Entrepreneurship, Education and E-learning, Digital Competencies and Gaming.
    For longer than a decade, she managed and coordinated international EU funded projects fostering creative entrepreneurship and innovative technologies within the Creative and Cultural Sector. She had been one of the pioneers of mobile gaming development running an indie game company focused on educational games to raise awareness on topics with a social impact for youngsters or adults. 

    Dr Michelle O’Reilly, Ph.D., works as an Associate Professor of Communication in Mental Health and is a Chartered Psychologist in Health at the University of Leicester. At the university Dr. O’Reilly works in the School of Psychology and the School of Media, Communication and Sociology. Dr. O’Reilly is also a Research Consultant with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust where she supports clinical practitioners in undertaking research, service evaluation and audit. She has a role in Quality Improvement as part of the Trust’s mission for evidence-based practice. Dr O’Reilly’s research interests are: child mental health, family therapy, and the sociology of health and illness. 

    Alessio Palmero Aprosio is an adjunct professor of Advanced Web Programming at University of Trento, Dept. of Cognitive Science.
    Alessio worked as a freelance programmer, and for Machine Linking, an innovative startup in Trento.

    Alessio continued my research in Semantic Web and Big Data at Data and Knowledge Management unit in Fondazione Bruno Kessler. After he moved to the Digital Humanities unit and worked on text simplification and hate speech recognition.

    Marco Pistore is the director of the Digital Society Center at Fondazione Bruno Kessler in Trento. A theoretical computer scientist by training (He earned a degree from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa in 1996 and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Pisa in 1998), in his career, Marco Pistore has pursued the objective of bringing together and contaminating the theory and the applications of computer science. In 25 years of activity, first as a researcher and then as a research manager, the eclectic approach he adopted has allowed him to range over various fields of research as demonstrated by the strong heterogeneity of his over 140 scientific publications. 

    Dorotea Riccobono is a secondary school teacher in Trento. She previously held the same role in Genova where, among other things, she organized meetings with the police officers in charge of fighting online bullying in schools. Earlier she worked as an archaeologist at the Universities of Genova and Trieste, earning a PhD in this field. Having worked for 15 years in school environments, she developed extensive experience in dealing with children’s expectations and individual behaviours. She is currently in charge of the anti-Cyberbullying initiative at her school in Trento.

    Currently School Superintendent of the Autonomous Province of Trento with the task of providing support for functions related to teaching and innovation; member of the Council of the Provincial Educational System and of the Scientific Committee of IPRASE (Provincial Institute for Educational Research and Experimentation). She has been school director in Lombardy and Trentino after teaching languages in secondary school for several years.

    Sara Tonelli is is the head of the Digital Humanities research group at Fondazione Bruno Kessler in Trento and the scientific coordinator of the KID ACTIONS project. She holds a PhD in Language Sciences from Università Ca’ Foscari in Venice. She has been involved in several national and European projects dealing with historical archives, event and temporal information extraction and political stance detection and, more recently, with social media monitoring and hate speech detection. Her research interests varies from advanced text analysis approaches to social sciences and historical investigation.

    Heidi Vandebosch is Professor at the Department of Communication Studies at University of Antwerp (Belgium). She has conducted studies on the cyberbullying problem (prevalence rates, profiles of bullies, victims and bystanders, determinants of cyberbullying-related behaviors, impact of cyberbullying) and the role of different types of actors (young people, parents, teachers, the police, Social Networking Sites). She has also developed and tested (technological) interventions to tackle cyberbullying, such as serious games and reflective interfaces. Heidi Vandebosch has published extensively about cyberbullying in peer-reviewed, scientific journals. 

    Angie is Stop Hate UK’s Education Development Lead and joined the organisation after 11 years teaching Music at secondary level in a comprehensive school in Leeds. Her experience in education has enabled her to develop workshops for PHSE days and individual lessons at schools in the north of England. Angie has worked with a number of partner organisations while at Stop Hate UK, including the National Holocaust Centre and Museum in Nottinghamshire where she developed and presented workshops about counter-extremism and the effects of prejudice. 

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