Safer Internet Day 2019 in Denmark: Digital rights and GDPR for young people

  • Awareness
  • 11/03/2019
  • Danish Safer Internet Centre

On Safer Internet Day (SID) 2019, the Danish Safer Internet Centre (SIC) raised awareness about young people's digital rights, by releasing a new online magazine "Persondata-hva'-for-noget?" ("GDPR-what?").

The aim of this online magazine is to raise awareness among young people of their digital rights, and give them some tools so they can take action based on these digital rights.

To make digital rights and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) relevant and important for young people, the online magazine was created in cooperation with young people themselves. In the online magazine, a ninth class from the Usserød School near Copenhagen, gives some advice and shares their own experience and thoughts about digital rights and the GDPR - all in the form of short films, podcasts and board games created by the pupils.

The creations were produced in a two-day workshop in November 2018 after a lecture from data ethics expert, Pernille Tranberg. The lecture was an eye-opening experience to the pupils, who afterwards changed their privacy settings on Facebook and the camera settings of several apps, and started using different browsers to spread their digital footprints.

The products focus on raising awareness about digital footprints and taking control over your data and your life online. The films were produced in a workshop facilitated by a professional filmmaker company called "Lommefilm" (Pocket Film) specialising in film workshops for schools. Two teacher students from the Future Classroom Teacher education programme at the University College Copenhagen facilitated the workshops on podcasts and board game design.

In the magazine, you will also find a more informative part made in cooperation with Catrine Søndergaard Byrne, lawyer in data rights. This part of the magazine is based on questions from the pupils in the workshop and participants in a theme group chat for young people hosted by the Danish helpline, Cyberhus, and on the assistance of Catrine Søndergaard Byrne. It provides a text with facts about the GDPR from a child and youth perspective. Alongside the information is a toolbox about what to check before downloading a new app – for instance, terms and conditions, and whether the app asks for access to the camera, the microphone or information about your contacts. The toolbox also gives advice about what to do when you want your data deleted from a social media platform, and the company does not reply to the request.

Catrine Søndergaard Byrne is the author of the text and toolbox, and she took part in a podcast interview, which gives a broader view on GDPR and children and young people's right to control their personal data and, equally, the company's responsibility to protect children and young people's personal data. The podcast interview is included in the online magazine.

On SID 2019 itself, the Danish SIC arranged an awareness-raising event for around 175 other engaged pupils at Usserød School. The event was organised in collaboration with the Media Council, Save the Children Denmark and the pupils who had created the films, podcasts and board games. At the event, the groups introduced the aim of the films, podcasts and board games, and they shared their own advice with the audience.

Picture of Safer Internet Day 2019 celebrations in Denmark

In the same week, Catrine Søndergaard Byrne and two of the pupils participated in the radio program "Aflyttet" ("Bugged") at a national radio station Radio24Syv. They talked about the importance of knowing your digital rights, and how you can act on them. The two young people shared some life experiences about digital rights – when parents post pictures of them on social media without consent, or when they want pictures they had posted themselves in the past removed from digital platforms.

It was a great success to involve young people through the whole process. It gave a permanent focus at young people and their perspective on the GDPR and digital rights. In addition, it gave us a lot of knowledge about what young people think about digital rights and the GDPR in general, and what they found important to ensure their own digital rights.

It is obvious that young people find digital rights important, but they need some guidance to understand their digital rights and how they can act on them in their everyday life. As the teacher of the ninth class, Kristine Langstrup, said: "Immediately, general data is maybe not the most attractive topic for young people. They have many things to take care of and potentially to act on. However, when they realise it is all about themselves and who they are and which digital footprints they leave in the cyberspace, then they are interested and engaged. They would like to take care of themselves!"

Check the Danish Safer Internet Day profile page for further information.

Find out more about the work of the Danish 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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  • Danish Safer Internet Centre

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