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Workshop Number: 134

Title: Child Online Protection in northern Europe - Methods and Approaches for Educating your Children Online

Concise Description:
The five Nordic countries – Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland – have national programs for Child Online Protection (COP). Representatives from the private as the public sector, taking part of the different national awareness campaigns, will share their experience from the public-private partnership, its key messages, approaches and methods, having a focus on lessons learned.

Remote participation by a youth panel will take place in Stockholm. Teenagers will share their experiences on benefits and consequences of using social media. Below the five countries gives a concise description each of their national campaigns, which will be described by the panellists on the workshop.

The Swedish national Telecom and Post Agency, PTS, is one of the stakeholders of the national awareness campaign, which gives advice on Internet safety and privacy to adults close to young people. Surfalugnt includes at the moment 18 partners in the area of safety online for children and young people. There is for instance a youth panel coupled to the campaign, which answers questions from the public. PTS is a member of the advisory Board. Each member of the advisory board pays a certain amount of money. The government has also supported it with 1 million SEK. Surfalugnt has for instance carried out a survey among parents and their children, which showed that the parents are not aware of what their children are doing on the internet. About teaching the teachers: see the internet foundation webstar – reach out model..

Other stakeholders of SurfaLugnt that will take part as panellists represent the organisations Friends, the Web coaches, the Swedish Media Council and Telia.

Norway, Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority (NPT): The Norwegian national awareness campaign on Internet safety is called PT cooperates with The Norwegian Media Council, ChildMinder(private awareness organization), Red Cross, ISP’s, Mobile operators, Kripos (Police), University of Agder (Teachers training Departement).
NPT is carrying out school visits, conduct presentations concerning awareness, COP, social media, use of mobile telephones, online bullying, harassment etc.
These presentations have been developed for target groups such as children, youths, parents and teachers.
NPT is cooperating with the University of Agder and the teachers training Department. We are providing the University with information and expertise concerning awareness into the curriculum for the students.
NPT is also cooperating with ChildMinder which also are doing awareness and presentations at schools. We provide each other with material for our presentations.
The Norwegian Media Council is a possible partner/other Norwegian stakeholder to contribute to the IGF workshop.

Finland, Ficora (Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority): Ficora heads the Finnish Safer Internet Awareness project and arranges, in large co-operation, a Safer Internet Week every year in order to raise awareness among school-children, their parents and teachers as well as consumers in general. This public-private consortium consists of around 30 partners. Some partners give financial support, some support the work by giving expert advice. In addition, the campaign receives funding from the EU Safer Internet Plus Programme.
As part of the project, Ficora also operates the Online Safety School website, / www.nätsä that includes besides general information/advice on the safe use of the Internet also online games, tests, quizzes and teaching materials. What is more, at / www.nätsä schools can search for relevant internet safety experts in their area to make school visits which are free for the schools.

From Denmark representatives from the Danish Media Council and the Danish National IT and Telecom Agency will contribute to the workshop.

The Danish Media Council for Children and Young People has acted as national Awareness Centre under the EC Safer Internet Plus Programme since 2004. The Media Council works together with national and international partners from all over the world via the European network Insafe. The aim is to create awareness and inform about children’s use of the internet and new technologies as well as to provide parents and educators with knowledge and tools for raising children in the network society. Awareness on safe use of the internet and new technologies is raised via a range of activities with the primary aim of empowering parents, educators and children. As part of this work the Media Council have established a Youth Panel in order to inform their work and promote the voice of the children in the public debate. Also, the Council works together with a multitude of public and private organizations on Child Online Protection projects and initiatives.

The Danish National IT and Telecom Agency is organising netsikker nu!, a national campaign that provides guidance and information on security issues related to internet use for all citizens. The Campaign is arranged in cooperation with public organizations, NGO’s and private companies. The Campaign is visible at and through a campaign magazine, which is distributed through libraries, financial institutes and other campaign contributers and is used as an educational material. Besides website and magazine, the netsikker nu! Campaign provides a large amount of informative seminars and workshops, information material and video productions.

Iceland, SAFT network and PFS:
Heimili and skoli, the National Parent Association in Iceland, has been the National Awareness Node for Internet Safety in Iceland since 2004. The name created for the awareness raising efforts is Samfélag, fjölskylda og tækni (Community, Family and Technology), with the acronym SAFT. The project aims are to raise awareness on the safe and positive use of the Internet and new media among children, parents, teachers, policy makers, and the ICT industry in Iceland.
Our mission statement is to empower children and parents to enjoy the Internet and other new media in a safe and positive way. The main focus for the period was raising awareness on net-ethics, online bullying, responsibility of parents and source criticism.
The Project Management Committee includes representatives from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in Iceland, The University of Iceland, Capacent Gallup and The Public Health Institute of Iceland. The Steering Committee includes representatives from different stakeholders groups, such as government agencies, the industry, research centres, different bodies within the educational system and prevention measures agencies and groups.
During the project term SAFT instigated and participated in a variety of activities and events where awareness of the Internet and new media safety were in the forefront. This includes participation in conferences and symposia for children and parents held across Iceland, roundtables with stakeholders, peer-to-peer talks with educators, and smaller presentations to target audience. The SAFT website was also promoted actively as a source for awareness, user advice and educational materials.
SAFT also succeeded in establishing cooperation with all major outlets of the mass media in Iceland. These outlets were also active in promoting the SAFT project and different issues concerning the safety of children in the use of the Internet and new media. SAFT received more visibility in the media as the project progressed, and SAFT project managers were regularly approached and interviewed by the media and asked to comment on matters concerning children’s and young people’s use of the Internet and new media.
One of SAFT’s main objectives was to provide information about Internet safety for children, parents and teachers, plus opportunities to discuss problems and share possible preventive measures. SAFT’s awareness campaigns thus focused on promoting positive messages about Internet and new media use throughout the community.

Which of the five broad IGF Themes or the Cross-Cutting Priorities does your workshop fall under?
Security, Openness and Privacy

Have you organized an IGF workshop before? Yes
If so, please provide the link to the report:

Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite:
Ms. Maria Soares Lindberg, Web coaches/Fryshuset, Mr. Patrik Hiselius (TeliaSonera), Mrs. Ann-Katrin Agebäck, The Swedish Media Council for Children and Young People

Ms. Line Ugland Nyseth, Advisor Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority

Ms. Heli Alanko, Project coordinator, Ficora

Ms. Susanne Boe, Head of Secretariat, The Danish Media Council for Children and Young People, Project Manager of the Awarenss Centre Denmark

Ms. Malene Toft Hallund, Campaign manager working on the national campaign netsikker nu!, Danish National IT- and Telecom Agency.

Mr. Guðni Olgeirsson, Minstry of Education, Science and Culture


Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups:
The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency, The Finnish Communication Authority, The Danish Media Council, The Norwegian Post and Telecom Agency, The Danish IT- and Telecom Agency, Ministry of Education, Science and Culture/Iceland, Friends (non for profit organization helps schools setting up plans against bullying)/SE,

Organization:The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency

Contact Person: Anders Johanson