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CyGen Conference: Children and Youngsters Online Behavior

The event marked the completion of the 2nd year of our Erasmus + KA2 co-funded Cyber ​​Safe Generation and the project's work in Denmark. The agenda for the conference can be downloaded here. The conference started with an introduction to the CyGen project by the DK team. At the conference four keynote presentations were made. The first was delivered by the Danish organisation ‘Center for Digital Education’. The presentation was aimed at middle school students, school teachers and parents and centered on children’s online behavior, including a facilitated discussion about digital communities, digital bullying, image sharing and privacy.

Next Michal Pilgaard and Jette Aabo Frydendahl from VIA University College gave a presentation on how the CyGen team are applying user-involvement in design. In this presentation the audience got the opportunity to do hands-on activities on how to work with user-involved design processes in educational contexts. The processes illustrated how teachers can use design-based learning to create a space for children to reflect on and analyse current issues and potentials related to digital behavior.

The third presentation focused on the CyGen Young People’s Panel – Children’s Life in a Digital Age” by Heidi Stensman Pugh from VIA. The Young People’s Panel is a central part of the CyGen project to involve children as researchers. During the presentation findings from the CyGen project in Denmark were presented. Findings regarding the opportunities and challenges Danish schoolchildren meet in their everyday lives in relation to digital behavior.

The conference ended with a presentation from the municipality of Odense on how they have made an active effort to support parents of teenagers to talk about online behaviors. The efforts have been made in close cooperation with the behavioral design agency WeLearn. The presentation addressed the results already given to both behavioural behaviour and the way in which a close partnership can help bring the people at the center in a project on children’s online behavior.