Danish Safer Internet Centre
About the organisation
The Danish Safer Internet Centre exists to promote a safer and better use of the internet and mobile technologies among children and young people.
Profile last updated: May 2020
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, computer 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 establish partnerships with stakeholders (e.g. industry, NGO's, educational institutions), advocate the youth perspectives in national and international forums, and to devise events, dialogue campaigns and tools to empower and raise awareness among children and youth, professionals, parents and the public in general.
Furthermore, MCDK is the coordinator of the annual Safer Internet Day (SID) campaign in Denmark.
The Centre for Digital Youth Care 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, we have worked to create, provide and guarantee professional help through digital media for vulnerable people. We are associated with YMCA's social work in an effort to strengthen the socio-educational initiatives regarding vulnerable children and young people in Denmark. Our focal point is our online youth counselling, Cyberhus, which implements approximately 8,000 consultative interactions with vulnerable young people each year.
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. We save children's lives. We protect and strengthen them. We fight for their rights. We work to prevent violence and sexual abuse of children. As part of our child protection programme we deliver anti-bullying projects and safety awareness for children in the online world. We run a hotline against child abusive online content and through our helpline SletDet (Delete-It) we offer help to young people who have experienced online sexual harassment.
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.
In 2016, SIC DK set up the SoMe Youth Panel. It's a panel of youth ambassadors aged 13-17 years, who represent different demographic groups. In 2019, a new SoMe Youth Panel replaced the panel from 2016, comprised of approximately 15 young people aged 12-14 years.
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 life 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 SoMe Youth Panel, a close collaboration is carried out with the helpline regarding facilitation of youth participation activities on "Cyberhus".
Up until September 2019, more than 80,000 copies of the printed parent guide "There is so much parents do not understand…" have been sent to schools, parents and more. The guide was originally published by The Danish Media Council in 2015 and, in 2019, it was relaunched with the latest digital trends, recommendations and knowledge. There have been 50,000 online readings of the guide.
In March 2019, the Danish Safer Internet Centre (SIC DK) launched a new free online resource for parent-teacher meetings called "Digital Brilliant" with partners from industry. The resource is an online toolkit with activities for teachers and other professionals to facilitate a constructive and involving dialogue about children's digital wellbeing.
On Safer Internet Day (SID) 2019, SIC DK raised awareness about young people's digital rights by releasing the new online magazine "GDPR-what?". It was a great success, involving young people throughout the whole process.
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) provide 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 deliver hundreds of class lectures on internet and mobile ethics.
Save the Children Denmark runs the hotline and, in 2018, the hotline received more than 2,000 reports and the hotline staff evaluated more than 12,000 pictures. The online counselling "Erase it" helps children and young people to delete intimate pictures shared without their consent and more than 1,000 children and young people have received help.
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
- Digital Responsibility Network
- The Danish Teachers' Association
- The School Headmaster Association
- The Danish ITC Industry Association
- ANGI/Association for the Nordic Game Industry
- SIRI, Danish Centre for Prevention of Extremism
- Copenhagen Public Library and the Danish Union of Librarians
- Stakeholders from industry