Accessibility Tools

The digital citizen is sweeping the Internet

Project Promoter: Fundacja Pro Cultura
Proposal: 1st thematic call
Co-financed from the program: 102 454,89 EUR
Partners: Młodzieżowy Ośrodek Socjoterapii "Jędruś"
Duration time: 30.12.2021-31.07.2023

The project is addressed to children and young people. Our charges are at risk of social maladjustment and have different, sometimes difficult personal experiences. We would like to help them gain and develop media literacy, that is considered to be one of the most important competences in the 21st century. Observations of social trends as well as studies (including our research) confirm that children are spending more and more time on the Internet. According to the report ‘Teenagers and the Internet’, 86.2% of teenagers use the Internet daily and 43.2% are online all the time. Unfortunately, their media literacy is low. The interviews conducted show that young people have significant difficulties in reading with comprehension, separating facts from opinions, as well as recognising and verifying media content. They fail to notice the mechanisms of media persuasion, manipulation and disinformation. They are impressed by the lifestyle created in social media, which results in information confusion, disturbed self-esteem and unrealistic expectations of themselves and others. Thanks to the project, young people will learn critical thinking (understanding, analysing, evaluating information) and creating media messages in various forms. This will allow them to actively participate not only in social and cultural life, but also in civic life, and will prevent their digital exclusion. As part of the project we will conduct a three-semester in-depth course for children and young people, trainings for the staff of educators and meetings for parents. We will organise a conference at the end of the project, during which the final report will be presented. We will prepare a special, unique educational programme and materials. The whole process will be evaluated. The direct beneficiaries of the project will be 80 people, but with the information about the project we plan to reach as many as 1500 people.