Safer Internet Day activities in Norway

The 2020 celebrations of Safer Internet Day (SID) were a huge success in Norway.

Date 2020-03-19 Author Norwegian Safer Internet Centre Section awareness, sid

The Norwegian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) celebrated the day by organising a seminar to present the new findings from the upcoming Children and Media 2020 Survey. Social media, online content and gaming are an important part of young people's daily lives. How can parents and adults give good advice and create a framework in which children can both thrive in while remaining safe? The event took place at MESH, a co-working space in Oslo. A total of 140 participants – professionals, parents, teachers and other stakeholders – joined the event.

For the first time, SID was also celebrated during several days, and in different regions in Norway. In the northern part of Norway, Tromsø, the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training, together with the Norwegian Data Protection Authority (DPA) and the Norwegian Centre for Information Security (NorSIS) marked the day with a breakfast seminar focusing on how children cope with the risks they (may) encounter online.

In the city of Bergen, the parental organisation Kids and Media also marked the day, together with the Bullying Ombudsman in Vestland, with an event on the renewal of the school curriculum and digital judgement.

On Wednesday, 12 February 2020, the Ombudsman for Children invited all the policy makers, professionals and decision makers to a high-level meeting. The keynote speech was delivered by Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics. The aim of this meeting was to foster better coordination and to strengthen the focus and national efforts on children's digital lives. Nowadays, there are over 20 government agencies from six different sectors, and almost 50 different organisations that have responsibilities and functions partly overlapping.

The meeting was attended by, among others, the President of the Parliament, the Minister for Children and Family, the Minister of Education and Research and Sámi Parliamentary Council. Professor Sonia Livingstone also held a lecture, together with Professor Elisabeth Staksrud and the Ombudsman for Children.

For more information about Safer Internet Day activities in Norway, visit the Norwegian Safer Internet Centre's Safer Internet Day profile page.

Find out more information about the work of the Norwegian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) generally, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services, or find similar information for Safer Internet Centres throughout Europe.

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