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Young People’s Thought on the Digital Environment

95 percent of all Norwegian children and young people aged 9-18 years have their own mobile phone.

With such a high number of children online, it is important for the Ombudsperson for Children in Norway to ensure that the digital environment is as safe as possible for them.

From early on children meet a digital world full of entertainment, games and social arenas. On the other hand, children experience negative things like cyber bullying, sexual abuse and sharing of nudes.

In the spring of 2019 we established an expert group. The group consists of young people between 13 and 17 years old.

The young advisors have held several meetings where they shared their experiences and used discussions to arrive at a number of recommendations for the authorities.

In this report, the youth advisors give us their recommendations. This is important knowledge for everyone working with the topic of children and digital media.

In this report, these young people make significant demands to the authorities and other stakeholders. In the future, I will continue to work toward ensuring that these young people’s recommendations are taken seriously by the authorities and others that influence the digital lives of young people.

Read the full report here (PDF).