As already described in this blog, one important aspect of the Project Based approach to creating awareness in the field of sexual abuse of children in digital media, is the “real world” tasks given to our bachelor students in Computer Science. This year Save the Children Norway have asked our Computer Science students to look into age verification systems, children’s use of online profiles and various systems for filtering content on the Net. The tasks involves several important themes in Social Informatics, including security and privacy.
The group of students working with age verification discovered something interesting in connection with a service that used social security numbers to verify age; What happens if you take the formula that constitutes the basis for the Norwegian Social Security Number system and then create a fake number? Another of our student groups discovered that some kids where particular as for not placing any personal information in their Internet Profiles, but in the same profiles they happily linked to their separate home pages. Can you guess what sort of information those web pages contained?
The views and results from the work made by the Computer Science students of Nesna University College, together with a selection of reports on kids and chat from MA students from the Department of Media and Information Technologies, UZG and students from our distance education course “ICT and Learning 1”, will be available in the booklet “Kids and Internet – A Polish-Norwegian look at the digital world of our kids” later this year (1).
(1) Edited by: Beata Dziedzic, PhD, and Per A. Godejord, SL,
and printed in theNesna University College Booklet Series