The theme of the event was safe internet for young people. The CyGEN project was extensively presented by Ruben Jans. He is involved in the project as a researcher, and was responsible for the development of the online game, among other things. During the project he worked closely with pupils from the United Kingdom, Denmark, Greece and Belgium.

The first presentation on the CyGen project was intended as an informative presentation, followed by the presentation of research data from the project. These research data were used to start a conversation with the participants. This was also appreciated by the participants, so that they could also share their own experiences with the whole group. In addition, the project was also presented. This is an initiative of Google and Test-Aankoop, with the support of the Center for Cyber Security Belgium, Federal Public Service for Home Affairs, Child Focus, Digital Belgium, Belgium Police, Bibliotheek zonder Grenzen. One of the components of the project is ‘Cyber Hero‘. Being a Cyber Hero empowers younger children to use the web safely and wisely, so they can be confident explorers of the online world. This toolkit was extensively discussed and shown. The participants also had the opportunity to work hands-on themselves.

The online world sometimes offers more questions than answers. That’s why we thought it was important to invite organizations like AWEL vzw. AWEL is a free service for young people between 6 and 25 years old. Contacting Awel is anonymous. A theme that often comes up is Cyberbullying.

The event ended with a ‘Safe internet’ workshop. An employee of Child Focus explained apps. She not only talked about possible threats to apps, but also about how to deal with them as a teacher or parent. Child focus is a very well-known organization in Belgium and is supported by the government.

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.