BACKGROUND

CHILDREN, DATA AND EMERGING IDENTITIES

Children today are in danger on the Internet because of not understanding the relevance of data. They either too freely provide their own data and thus run the risk of identity theft or of an unwanted third party being able to target them, or they too easily believe the actuality of data provided by others and thus could become targeted by a third party who is disguised by a false identity. On the other hand the Internet a great tool that offers youngsters many additional opportunities to their education, leisure time and social life. Internet is nowadays thoroughly embedded in children’s lives.

REACHING CHILDREN THROUGH TRUSTED INTERMEDIARIES

In order to identify the proper way to reach children it is important to look at the persons that children turn to for advice when something online troubles them or when they need advice on how to present themselves online. So, the best strategy to protect children is to train teachers that children already trust, to guide them through online activities.

PUTTING SCHOOLS IN THE FRONT LINE

Considering that schools have the resources to reach all children, they should take the initiative training them. With the proper training of teachers, ideally, every child will have at least one skilled person to turn to (a teacher or even a peer).

AIM

EMPOWERING TEACHERS

Empower teachers in Greece, Poland, Spain and Lithuania to discover the most effective educational technology to support student self-presentation, resilience and pro-active attitudes with regards to the sharing of personal data online – for students aged 8 to 11 and 12 to 14 – and student self-presentation and entrepreneurship with regards to the sharing of personal data online – for older students.

IDentifEYE utilizes an Augmented Reality game and validated pedagogical approaches to empower teachers reach out to children and educate them about the opportunities and dangers of the Internet and online identities.

OBJECTIVES

ADVANCING A NEW CURRICULUM

Prepare a new curriculum module in which teachers will empower a conscious, creative and critical stance by students as evolving responsible civilians [8-14 years] towards online media.

SUPPORTING TEACHER TRAINING

Promote the didactic material and multimedia instructions by means of practical hands on exercises (workshops) providing essential knowledge so that European teachers can later implement the training by themselves.

ENHANCING THE ATTRACTIVENESS OF VOCATIONAL E&T

Utilise effective new Augmented Reality aware delivery methodology and pedagogical approach infused with digital resources as an essential component of the new curriculum.

PRODUCTS

CURRICULUM

A curriculum (based on social psychology) for teachers to improve in-service training and be in position to effectively educate children on the dangers of being online: “Reflecting on identity by means of multiple viewpoints”.

DELIVERY METHODOLOGY

A workshop-based delivery methodology for teachers to reach out to children more effectively and educate them about matters that concern them. Facilitated by ICT tools and an Augmented Reality game the methodology is designed for the needs of teachers of both age groups.

IMPACT

The workshop impact is considerable in terms of in-service training for teachers who today lack important skills in relation to safer Internet. Tne IDentifEYE workshop helps them to increase the quality of their teaching, improve the relationship with their students and empower students to be more accessible and accountable and – naturally – to improve youngster online safety. As a result youngsters will be more resilient vis-a-vis online media.

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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