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How to communicate to youngsters about Internet safety March 22, 2008

Posted by Malene Charlotte Larsen in Children, Internet Safety, Youth.
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hjarnees.jpgThe Danish Media Council for Children and Young People has launched a new campaign about Internet safety aimed at children and young people. The campaign features a fictional character, the 32-year old Hjarness, who has profiles on many different social network sites and uploads pictures, videos and all kinds of personal information about himself (and his friends) on the Internet.

Hjarness has a YouTube profile, an Arto profile, a WordPress blog and his very own homepage. He has also written an article about Internet safety for the online magazine Artomania.

I think this is a really interesting way of communicating to youngsters about Internet safety. Among other things, Hjarnees advises children and young people to put their full name, address, phone number and e-mail address online and to upload embarrassing photos and videos of their friends. There is no finger-wagging here, and the young people seem to really get the point and find Hjarnees really funny.

The campaign is targeted 13-16-year olds and the message is “Life online is what YOU make of IT”. Read more about it here.

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I think it is an absolutely fabolous approach using humor. How are your experiances using the samme approach in different cultures. Does it always work great. I have work with Yagoope for some month and it seems that one have to think alot about who is receiving the message. Perphaps some of the experiances your have had could hav andvandge of the gaming approach to get a broader inpact in a larger group. Youngster seems to care alot about the virtual gaming “lives” and this could be a way making them even more consious about the important of internet security risks.

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