Sweden focuses on copyright for Safer Internet Day 2022

Are you responsible for everything that you post on social media? Are parents allowed to post pictures of their children without permission? On Safer Internet Day 2022, the Swedish Media Council launched the brand-new material Lilla upphovsrättsfrågan.

2022-03-31
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Lilla upphovsrättsfrågan (The small copyright question in English) is a program series that consists of ten short videos and addresses current issues concerning children's and young people's media use with a focus on copyright issues. The series is aimed at primary and middle school children, educators, librarians, and carers. It has been produced in collaboration with the Swedish Intellectual Property Office. 

With today's massive information flows in the digital world, even younger children need to know what they can publish and share and what sources of information can be trusted. The series is aimed to support children and young people who are often already good at creating media content but are in need for more detailed knowledge about what is legal and allowed, and vice versa, in the online world, according to Anette Novak, director of the Swedish Media Council. 

Youth involvement in the project 

The resource Lilla upphovsrättsfrågan has been tested against a children's panel consisting of students aged 8-12. The purpose of this youth panel was to review whether the material needed to be changed in order to be comprehensible and realistic to the target groups. The following questions were taken to the children's panel and concerned tonality, text length and word choice: 

  • Are the questions understandable to the age group? If not - which adjustments are needed? 
  • Are the answers understandable for the age group? If not - which adjustments are needed? 

After input from the panel, some words were changed to facilitate reading comprehension. 

You can watch the first episode of the series below. 

 

For this year's edition of Safer Internet Day, besides releasing Lilla upphovsrättsfrågan, the Swedish Media Council focused on a theme week with the purpose of promoting other material and learning assets regarding online safety. Because of the existing Covid-19 restriction, all preparations and planning for Safer Internet Day in Sweden had to take place online. With the focus on digital communication, however, the Swedish SIC was able to reach a broader circle of people than if they had hosted an in-person event. 

Find more educational videos on the YouTube channel of the Swedish Safer Internet Centre

Find out more about Safer Internet Day in Sweden. Alternatively, find more information about the work of the Swedish Safer Internet Centre, including their awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services – or find similar information for other Safer Internet Centres throughout Europe.

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