Danish Safer Internet Centre
About the organisation
The Danish Safer Internet Centre promotes a safer and better use of digital and social media among children and young people.
Profile last updated: March 2022
The Media Council for Children and Young People (MCDK) has acted as awareness centre in Denmark since 2004 and before that as the Danish SAFT partner from 2002 to 2004. In this period, MCDK has established itself as an important resource and knowledge centre for children and youth's use of the internet, video games and mobile devices with a clear mandate in Denmark to educate on such issues.
Besides serving as a coordinator for the Safer Internet Centre Denmark (SIC DK), the key objective of the awareness centre (MCDK) is to advocate the youth perspectives in national and international forums and to plan events, campaigns and tools to empower and raise awareness among children and youth, professionals, parents and the public in general. Finally, the objective of the awareness centre is also to establish partnerships with stakeholders (e.g. industry, NGO's, educational institutions),
Furthermore, MCDK is the coordinator of the annual Safer Internet Day (SID) campaign in Denmark.
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The Centre for Digital Youth Care (CDYC) is a registered non-profit non-governmental organisation, and is one of Denmark's leading organisations for online counselling aimed at young people. Since 2004, CDYC has worked to create, provide and guarantee professional help through digital media for vulnerable people. CDYC is associated with YMCA's social work in an effort to strengthen the socio-educational initiatives regarding vulnerable children and young people in Denmark. The focal point is the online youth counselling, ‘Cyberhus’, which implements approximately 8,000 consultative interactions with vulnerable young people each year.
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Save the Children organisations operate in more than 120 other countries, and Red Barnet/Save the Children Denmark has worked for the benefit of children for more than 70 years. Save the Children Denmark is a democratic organisation of committed volunteers organised into 65 local branches. They work to save children's lives, to protect and strengthen them, to fight for their rights, and to prevent violence and sexual abuse of children. As part of the child protection programme, Save the Children Denmark deliver anti-bullying projects and safety awareness for children in the online world. They run a hotline against child abusive online content.
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The Safer Internet Centre Denmark (SIC DK) recognises the fact that children and youth's perspectives are of key importance to a successful awareness-raising campaign and for developing educational resources.
SIC DK has managed several Youth Panels with youth ambassadors aged 13-17 from all over the country. The aim is to create (public) debate on children and young people's online behaviour to achieve higher awareness among children and young people on the need for critical thinking of their own digital behaviour, and to provide recommendations on how parents and adults, in general, can engage in and contribute positively to children and young people's lives with digital media. Efforts are concentrated on advocating the youth perspective both in the agenda setting of national and international forums, as well as actual participation of Danish youth representatives where possible.
Corresponding to the activities in the Youth Panels, a close collaboration is carried out with the helpline regarding the facilitation of youth participation activities on "Cyberhus". The input from the anonymous youth participation on “Cyberhus” is included in the recommendations given from the Youth Panels, in order to secure a broader perspective.
By February 2022, more than 120,000 copies of the printed parental guide ‘There are many things parents don’t understand…’ have been distributed to schools, parents, libraries and more. The guide was originally published by The Danish Media Council in 2015 and it has been updated several times, most recently in 2021.
On Safer Internet Day 2021, The Danish Media Council released a parental guide in cooperation with the two other Danish Safer Internet Centre (SIC DK) partners. The guide focused on gaming and dealt with such themes as in-game purchases, gaming as a social activity and time spent playing. By February 2022, more than 17,000 copies of the guide have been distributed to schools, parents and more.
Since 2009, SIC DK has contributed to the organisation of the Danish version of the Internet Governance Forum (Danish IGF).
The Centre for Digital Youth Care (CDYC) provides online counselling through the helpline Cyberhus.dk. On an annual basis, CDYC conducts 5,000 digital counselling sessions with vulnerable children and young people. CDYC also delivers hundreds of class lectures on internet and mobile ethics.
Save the Children Denmark runs the hotline, which from January 2019 until March 2021 received approximately 10,000 reports
As a knowledge hub and mediator of the newest developments within the area of children and young people's use of online technologies, the Safer Internet Centre Denmark (SIC DK) has established a broad collaboration with representatives from academic institutions, industry, governmental bodies and law enforcement. The collaboration with national stakeholders is an important resource and knowledge base for SIC DK, just as the centre plays an important role in the organisational and political landscape of children and young people's use of online technologies in Denmark.
- Ministry of Culture
- Ministry of Children and Education
- National Agency for IT and Learning
- Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs
- National Agency for Digitization
- National Cyber Crime Center NC3
- Municipalities in Denmark in relation to Media Literacy and Safer Internet for Children
- Danish School of Education (DPU)
- Danish Council for Digital Security
- The National Council for Children
- Institute of Human Rights
- School and Society (Parent's Association)
- The Consumer's Council
- The Danish Broadcasting Corporation
- Digital Responsibility Network
- The Danish Teachers' Association
- The School Headmaster Association
- The Danish ITC Industry Association
- ANGI/Association for the Nordic Game Industry
- Vision Denmark / Danish game industry association
- SIRI, Danish Centre for Prevention of Extremism
- The Danish Union Cultural and Information Academics (Union of Librarians)
- Stakeholders from industry
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