WS 8: Empowerment through education

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Session teaser

Media literacy as a tool for empowerment in order to ensure safe and responsible usage of digital media by young people and adults in the information society.

Session description

The internet and new media are an inherent part of our daily lives. This applies to adults as well as to children and adolescents that are growing up with new technologies and its possibilities. Particularly young people are attracted to new media in a special way and cannot imagine living without it. In their development children and adolescents face a number of development tasks such as searching for the own identity, managing relationships or finding a role within the peer group. Especially the Internet and its wide range of services offer a variety of options that meet the needs of young people and help them dealing with the development tasks they face. Therefor it’s necessary to support young people in promoting media literacy and adequate handling of the internet and new media because the internet not only offers plenty of positive options but also various problematic areas and dangers. Young people should be aware of possible risks and should be equipped with adequate knowledge and coping strategies. Thus everybody who is in charge of children and adolescents (e.g. parents, schools, youth work and politics) should have the ability raising young people’s awareness concerning the significance of responsible and competent handling of the internet. This workshop aims at discussing the various ways of empowering youth as well as empowering those who are accompanying young people on their way to responsible digital grown-ups.

The workshops discussion is oriented towards the following topics:

  • Curricula for Media Literacy education as the basis for empowerment
  • Possible barriers, difficulties and limits associated with parental empowerment
  • Gender differences and roles in media literacy education
  • Technical age barriers for children
  • The regulation of digital content for children: how far are we willing to allow censorship?

Keywords

empowerment, education, protection, media literacy, safe internet environment, risks, young people, children, support, responsibility

Format

Round table. Dialogue with the audience on different subtopics, presented very briefly by key participants.

Further Reading

People

  • Focal Point: Claudia Stelter
  • Key participants
  • Maria Jose Velasquez, New media summer school fellow
  • Narine Khachatryan, Media Education Center Armenia + Safer Internet Armenia
  • Belma Kucukalic, One World Platform, Bosnia Herzegovina
  • Auke Pals, student, entrepreneur from The Netherlands
  • John Carr (eNACSO - European NGO Alliance of Child Safety Online)
Co-moderator: Ani Dallakyan
  • Remote moderator: Michael J. Oghia,Istanbul, Turkey, Journalist & editor, 2015 ISOC IGF Ambassador
  • Org team
  • Narine Khachatryan, Media Education Center Armenia + Safer Internet Armenia
  • Desara Dushi, University of Bologna and University of Turin, Italy
  • Paloma Cantero, iCmedia, Spain
  • Marta Pellico, iCmedia, Spain
  • Jutta Croll, I-KiZ (Center for online child safety), Germany
  • Olivier Crepin-Leblond (Subject Matter Expert)
  • Valentina Pellizzer, One World Platform, Bosnia Herzegovina
  • Auke Pals, student, entrepreneur from The Netherlands
  • Belma Kucukalic, One World Platform, Bosnia Herzegovina
  • Anna Iosif, Cyprus, accounting and finance student in Glasgow
  • Ani Dallakyan, New media summer school fellow
  • Yuliya Morenets, TaC International
  • Maria Jose Velasquez, New media summer school fellow
  • Reporter: Claudia Stelter

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Mailing list

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Video record

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Transcript

Transcript: Empowerment through education

Messages

  • Empowerment through education should be built on Media and Information Literacy Curricula based on an intercultural and intergenerational approach. The curricula need to be standardized and cover evaluation of the learning achievements in building their digital literacy.
  • Empowerment does not equal protection. Media literacy education should cover formal and non-formal learning settings (e.g. libraries) and address first of all critical thinking and critical evaluation of content. Education on human rights and democratic citizenship is strongly interrelated with media literacy education. Curricula should integrate the respective aspects.
  • Gender is not a female issue but one of society at large. It is of primary importance to overcome gender stereotypes in media literacy education and address the needs of alle types of gender appropriately.
  • Although the content of Media Literacy Curricula is as debatable as are age limits for the usage of interconnected media like they are set in the GDPR now, there is a broad consensus on the concept of empowerment through education.
  • Ensuring equal access to education and equal opportunities should be a priority to Internet Governance - vice versa a bottom-up multistakeholder process should provide for participation of all in Internet Governance issues.

Session twitter hashtag

Hashtag: #eurodig16 #saferInternet #digitalcitizens #empowerment #medialiteracy #curricula #technicalbarriers #youth #education