Educating for digital citizenship and safer use of the web and IT

Monday 8 February 2021

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The recent pandemic has highlighted how the use of the web and information technology is very important, as it guarantees continuous access to the information for all, allowing people to catch up on current events at school, work and in the society.

The use of digital tools and access to the Internet are now considered as “rights of the individual” which allow his/her full development. Citizenship thus takes on new relevance and is transformed into a “digital citizenship” that allows citizens to become familiar with digital tools and, at the same time, acquire social skills related to the ability to protect against the risks of the web but also to the ability to respect the others, avoiding incorrect behaviours on the net.

On February 9th, we celebrate the Safer Internet Day “Together for a better Internet”.

With our projects we want to promote the conscious use of the web and digital civic education, both for young people and for adults, underlining how the web and information technologies can be important in our life, but we must be very careful how use them without incurring in offensive acts and/or be victims of that.

Here are just some of our initiatives related to the issue of web security.

For more information, we invite you to visit our page dedicated to the initiatives for both children and adults’ operators.

IN2STE(A)M – STE(A)M disciplines and digital citizenship education for primary schools

When analysing socio-cultural phenomena, students should be able to distinguish between true and false information, in order to avoid fake information and so as to express opinions based on reliable information. STEM digital education should be integrated into citizenship education and school curricula, to prevent young people from falling into the traps of the web, fake news and cyberbullying. School and other educational institutions that promote democratic values ​​and active citizenship must aim to develop critical thinking among young people, with the support of STEM technologies and digital education. If you are a teacher and you are interested in STEMs and digital civic education, sign up here.

For more info on the project, read IN2STE(A)M or contact Laura La Scala, laura.lascala@cesie.org

 

STEM*Lab Scoprire, Trasmettere, Emozionare, Motivare

The project aims at contrasting the personal, cultural, social and behavioural vulnerabilities of minors (5-14 years old) in the partners’ regions. STEM*Lab will set up 13 STEMLabs in the regions involved, for the teaching of STEM disciplines. One of the activities proposed is a computer literacy laboratory, with the objectives of spreading awareness among students of primary schools on the risks of using web tools and on how to manage their privacy in the Internet.

For more info on the project, read STEM*Lab or contact Mario Badagliacca, mario.badagliacca@cesie.org

 

MEGA – Make Europe Great Again

In recent years, safe surfing on the internet has become increasingly important in our lives. We use the internet to work, to communicate, to have fun but also to inform ourselves: this is why it is essential to know how to distinguish safe sources of information from harmful ones. The MEGA project aims to combat fake news relating to Europe and its institutions, promoting critical thinking among young people and ways to unmask the Europhobic myths.

For more info on the project, read MEGA or contact Martina Romano, martina.romano@cesie.org.

 

iWell – Enhancing the Digital and Social Well-being in Schools

Nowadays, promoting a healthy and equilibrated use of digital media inside schools has become crucial. The iWell project aims at enhancing the digital and social well-being in primary schools, by making teachers active health agents and strengthening students’ digital skills. In the context of the project, training materials and a MOOC for teachers, and Health Literacy Mini Games for students will be developed.

For more info on the project, read iWell or contact Giorgia Scuderi, giorgia.scuderi@cesie.org

 

Logo progetto Kite FightersKITE fighters – Kids and Teachers Fighting for Inclusion

In order to prevent bullying, cyber-bullying and the escalation of conflicts at school, teachers need specific competences and innovative strategies. The KITE Fighters Toolkit is a complete resource that offers tools and activities based on methodologies such as Storytelling, Folk Tales Work and Symbolwork. Moreover, the Toolkit contains a selection of best practices that can be taken as reference point to improve schools’ strategies, and case studies that have been gathered through interviews. Students and educators can use the Toolkit to create a positive climate and improve the communication inside the classroom, having a real impact on students’ mental health, emotional resilience and on the school atmosphere, and, with a broader perspective, also to decrease social exclusion and bullying.

You can download the Toolkit here.

For more info on the project, read KITE or contact Giorgia Scuderi, giorgia.scuderi@cesie.org

 

D3 – Developing Digital Data Literacy

Digital data literacy is an essential step for safer and responsible surfing on the Internet. The Erasmus + D3- Developing Digital Data Literacy project intends to support teachers in this difficult task, providing innovative teaching materials to encourage the conscious use of digital data in secondary school and promote new forms of digital citizenship.

For more info on the project, read D3 or contact Simona Sglavo, simona.sglavo@cesie.org

 

D.O.B.T – Do One Brave Thing

The Do One BRAVE Ting Project (D.O.B.T), funded by the Internal Security Fund-Police, has developed in the past two years numerous informative and inspiring resources which, thanks to a simple yet precise language, help young people become more aware of the risks they might face when misusing the Internet and social media tools. In particular, the project developed a brand-new plug-in and Chrome extension which allow users to verify the veracity and reliability of news articles they find online.

For more info on the project, read D.O.B.T or contact braveproject@cesie.org.

 

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