CYBERS partnership acronym for Curbing Young Bullies by Enhancing Rules and Skills aims at implementing new strategies and learning tools to embrace a target group lifestyle, students aged 13-17. They are Millennials, who build on an online social identity before experiencing their daily, real, social life.
Smartphones and tablets have expanded the space-time coordinates of the web, also providing digital natives with access to the web “anywhere, anytime”. Most of them are unaware of surfing in a World Wide Web, which hides a darker side by providing some inappropriate information and becoming vulnerable to exploitation
CYBERS has been designed in an attempt to enhance Digital Civility, Information Literacy, Digital Literacy, indispensable to fight against Web risks and the absence of parental monitoring. CYBERS meets Millenials needs in terms of:
digital skills and attitude which are considered necessary for active European citizenship Indispensable e-Safety skills to fight against the virtual traps of haters, cyberbullying, sexting, Negative User Generated Content NUGC and fake news.
The European Schools of Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, join forces to increase Key Competences for the 21st century and transversal skills equally important in our knowledge-based and fast-evolving society.
Partnership Horizontal and School priorities are demanded by Digital EU report about target groups, aged 13-17and “Doxa Kids e EU Kids Online” survey on web risks. Evidences are alarming. ICT skills: only 39% is able to change the privacy of profile; the 56% can check the App costs Information literacy: 72% has skills to manage critically online info
Creative skills: 48% can create/modify videos or App
49% are online alone for more than 88 min. per day
13% has been bullied online, 19% witnessed cyberbullying episodes
51% was exposed to NUGC
1 Promoting inclusiveness, conscious and skilled growth through the exchange of best practices on the risks and strengths of the WEB
2 Increasing Millenials skills in Digital Civility, Digital Literacy and Information Literacy Education The specific objectives of each learning area are:
1 Fostering an inclusive European Digital Citizenship
2 Increasing the use of the REP method_ Respect, Education, Protection_ as a tool to challenge Millenials.
3 Learning Debate method to develop critical thinking and public speaking skills
1 Encouraging students to pursue careers in STEM and European ICT Professional Profiles 2 Increasing the ethical use of technology with the respect of the Digital law rules 3 Enhancing advanced digital skills development as a boost factor in employability for students
INFORMATION LITERACY EDUCATION
1 Increasing the ability to organize and use online information
2 Increasing students skill to identify and locate appropriate information sources and evaluate its quality
The project will involve at least 400 hundred direct and indirect participants, who bring together expertise to work on today’s school major tasks. Teaching students-Millennials aged 14-17- to recognize and develop their potential as individuals and build up the right set of attitudes in teamworking.
The students LTTA mobilize specific key competencies defined by European Skills Agenda: digital content creation; protecting personal data/privacy and health/well-being; foreign language skills, reducing social isolation, in-school conduct problems and aggressive behavior. The teachers LTTA aim to train the team on video and app creation and increase digital skills; they design integrated learning activities.
Students act on:
1 Digital Literacy: Critical thinkers become video-makers
2 Digital Civility: Debating to build a culture of Digital Civility
3 Web Detectives: fake or not fake, this is the question
4 Be polite online: it’s catchy, others will follow you!
5 Netiquette: the European Millennials protocol
Students will achieve tangible results:
“CYBERS LOGO” social network contest
Digital content creation
Video Report “Building a Culture of Digital Civility”
Web tutorial: fake news or not? This is the question
Digital Kindness Icon, posters, slogans
Netiquette: the European Millennials protocol
Netiquette Schools Road Map
Increased social inclusion
Fostering European citizenship
Enhanced teamwork skills and collaboration