Danish Safer Internet Centre

Awareness centre

Description:
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 campaign in Denmark.
Email address: medieraadet@dfi.dk Website: http://www.medieraadet.dk Social media: https://www.facebook.com/Medieraadet https://www.youtube.com/user/medieraadet

Helpline

Description:

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.

Email address: info@cfdp.dk Website: http://www.cfdp.dk Social media: https://www.facebook.com/cfdp.dk https://twitter.com/CFDPs https://www.youtube.com/user/cfdpdk https://www.linkedin.com/company/cfdp

Hotline

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Save the Children works in Denmark and more than 120 other countries. We save children's lives. We protect and strengthen them. We fight for their rights. As part of our child protection programme we deliver anti-bullying projects, and we run a hotline against child abusive online content. We work to prevent violence and sexual abuse of children. Save the Children Denmark is a democratic organisation of committed volunteers organised into 65 local branches.  

Email address: hotline@redbarnet.dk Website: http://www.redbarnet.dk/anmeld

Youth participation

Description:
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 Children and Youth Think Tank' - a panel of youth ambassadors aged 13-17 years, who represent different demographic groups. The aim is to create (public) debate on children and young people's online behaviour in order 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. A focus is to prepare a paper of recommendations about media literacy for the different target groups - politicians, parents, professionals, and especially children and young people themselves. 
 
Corresponding to the activities in the Children and Youth Think Tank, the Danish awareness centre has engaged in close collaboration with the helpline regarding facilitation of youth participation activities on Cyberhus. The online debates and surveys with young people on Cyberhus are expected to give valuable input to the work of the Children and Youth Think Tank and to the development of awareness-raising resources, events and campaigns in the SIC DK.
Email address: medieraadet@dfi.dk Website: http://www.medieraadet.dk

Key successes

Safer Internet Centre Denmark (SIC DK) consists of three well-established and experienced organisations.

The Media Council for Children and Young People is appointed as the awareness centre with the main task to establish partnerships, devise events, dialogue campaigns and tools to empower and raise awareness among children and youth, professionals, parents and the public in general. Save the Children Denmark upholds the task as hotline working to reduce the distribution of illegal images by receiving and managing reports and data on online child sexual abuse material. The Centre for Digital Youth Care provides services for reporting and dealing with harmful online contact, conduct and content. Together, we have created a comprehensive framework for the promotion of children and young people's digital competences and wellbeing in the digital society.

As individual organisations and as a consortium the SIC DK is known, recognised and supported by multiple private and public stakeholders, ministries and government agencies in Denmark. We initiate dialogue on children and young people's media culture in schools, libraries and meetings with professionals from local authorities and the police, and not least among young people themselves through campaigns, forums and events. We participate in public debate and are recognised as an attractive partner both nationally and internationally.

Key partners/supporters

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 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 the Safer Internet Centre Denmark, 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. Since 2009, Safer Internet Centre Denmark has contributed to the organisation of the Danish version of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF Danish), which is organised by the Ministry of Business and Growth in collaboration with various organisations. 

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark Email address: medieraadet@dfi.dk Phone: +45 33743607 Website: http://sikkertinternet.dk/

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