Google Europe and ALL DIGITAL organise a BE INTERNET CITIZENS training workshop for trainers interested in delivering the Be Internet Citizens Curriculum for young people.
The workshops is run as part of EU Media Literacy Week and contributing to the ALL DIGITAL Week.
While social media now plays a vital role in the everyday lives of young people as citizens, education systems across the developed world have been slow to react. Extremist groups rely on false promises of status and purpose, manipulation, conspiracy and divisive rhetoric to exploit young people online. Against these methods, critical thinking skills and media literacy, social and emotional skills and meaningful digital citizenship capacities are a strong defence.
Today’s young people may be digital natives, but they still need to be taught how to stay safe, make their voices heard and play a positive role as citizens in the online space.
Be Internet Citizens seeks to meet this need. A partnership between Google, YouTube Creators for Change and ISD, the project is designed to teach 13 to 15-year-olds about media literacy, critical thinking and digital citizenship, encouraging young people to be positive voices online while increasing their resilience to hate and extremism.
Using an implicit approach to counter-extremism which focuses on popular culture and social issues, the project delivers positive secondary effects, helping participants become more informed citizens, critical consumers and empowered producers of content.
Participants - trainers from Belgium, Italy, and Spain who then will run Be Internet Citizens workshops in their communities.