Data protection and children’s rights in digital media are our priority areas in responsibility work. Data protection is often considered an elusive and complex issue. For many, the first thing that comes to mind is the cookie consents that pop up on the screen and the long privacy statements. The more difficult it is, the more simply it should be explained. The processing of the child’s personal data should be explained in a way that corresponds to the child’s age and level of development, so that the child is able to understand the meaning of the matter.
Children’s voices heard
Digital communication is a central part of many people’s lives and also a key factor in social development. Digital games, applications and online communities are the daily activities of children and young people. Children are often part of the global digital community from an early age. Understanding children and supporting their digital skills is important to us and guides our work in responsible business. We cooperate with child welfare organizations and schools when we ask children about current topics related to digitization and involve them in interactive workshops on the topic.
Hearing the child’s opinion plays an important role in order for our society to be able to understand the digital age also from the children’s point of view. Flexibly online, are aware of negative things that may happen online, and have developed different action strategies to cope with challenges. Privacy online is important to them and they know how to improve information security, for example by not revealing personal information and using discretion when communicating on social media.
Digital skills protect children online
According to the study, digital skills protect children. The children who participated in the study, who received information and advice at home or at school, seem to have slightly less negative experiences online and their behavior is less risky. It is therefore very important for children’s safety that we teach them to use the network safely. You are not born a digital native, you grow into a good digital citizen by learning.
Parents and teachers knowledge, resources and awareness of digital media usage skills are central so that children can learn from them. Open communication is the best way to protect the child. Then it is also easier to tell an adult about the problem. We believe that the task of companies is to create awareness about data protection and online security in a way that children can understand. We have accomplished this mission by offering interactive workshops where children learn by participating.