Thomas Haugan-Hepsø

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National coordinator

The Safer Internet Centre Norway coordinates initiatives and collaboratives for children and media at a national level.

We work with ministries, non-profit and voluntary organizations, businesses and industry organizations - all working for the same goals.

Along with the helpline Cross my heart, the Norwegian Media Authority is the Norwegian Safer Internet Centre (SIC Norway). Norway's Safer Internet Centre has a separate Advisory Board, which acts as an advisory body for the professional work of the center.

Members of the Norwegian SIC's Adivsory Board 2016 - 2018:

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Dissemination of knowledge about children and media

Through our "Children and media"-surveys we gather information on children's and parents' media use biennially. We also produce collaboratory brochures and other material for children, parents and adults working with children in their daily life.

The surveys are conducted by the Norwegian Media Authority every two years and serves as a backdrop for statements, opinions and initiatives both for the Safer Internet Centre Norway, as well as a number of other organizations.

Most of our material is made in Norwegian - but you will find our few translated versions to the right (below for tablet or mobile).

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Young Children and Media - a qualitative survey 2016

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International collaboratives

Safer Internet Centre Norway is based within the Norwegian Media Authority, and it is part of the CEF program; a European network for the exchange of information, knowledge and experiences on digital media and children.

In cooperation with Red Cross' helpline «Kors på halsen», we aim to ensure that children across Norway are empowered to take sensible choices in their everyday digital life.

Like the other Safer Internet Centres across Europe, we produce and distribute advice, films, educational and awareness-raising material and tools which can be used by children and young people, parents, teachers and caregivers.

The current project started in July 2016 and will run throughout 2018.

The project is led by Thomas Haugan-Hepsø, along with Rita Astridsdotter Brudalen and other staff at the Norwegian Media Authority.

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The Safe Use-awards

Between 2012 and 2015 we have presented an award to honor a person or organization that has shown particular willingness and ability to help children and young people have a good digital life.

The award has consisted of a diploma and a cash gift of 25 000 NOK. The prize was awarded as part of our activities for Safer Internet Day in February.

The purpose of the award was to honor and give attetion to people or organizations who have shown a willingness and ability to create a safe environment for children and young people online.

The Safe Use-awards was ended in 2016, and the resources will be used to other actions in our work.