The online life we live today comes with many opportunities, as well as many risks to avoid. Being digitally literate and having awareness of such risks plays a crucial role in being safe online. Moreover, the importance of digital literacy skills was further emphasised during 2020 when the world faced the COVID-19 pandemic. The necessity to exclude physical interaction from daily life resulted in teleworking, remote education and increased digital media consumption throughout the year.
The MOOC "Digital literacy and online safety: How the pandemic tested our skills" will start on Monday, 19 April 2021 on the European Schoolnet Academy
Against this background, this new MOOC (massive open online course) will explore online trends and issues in the context of the new COVID-19 reality. It will provide course participants with essential knowledge, tips and tools to handle a wide range of issues such as misinformation and disinformation, conspiracy theories, online scams (such as phishing, malware and ransomware), account security, online privacy, benefits and risks associated with livestreaming, and healthy online relationships among others.
Moreover, this MOOC will enable participants to gain a better understanding of risks and challenges that young people face when they go online. Along with the course moderators, participants will discuss strategies for supporting young people and helping them to develop safe and responsible online and offline behaviours. A wide range of resources that can be used in schools will be provided, and participants will also be asked to share their own experiences, challenges and successes.
The course is targeted at primary and secondary school teachers of any subject, although ICT administrators, school counsellors and parents may also benefit from the course.
- Online registration: Now open
- Course start date: Monday, 19 April 2021
- Course end date: Wednesday, 26 May 2021
This MOOC is produced by European Schoolnet on behalf of the European Commission as part of the Better Internet for Kids contract with active involvement from Insafe network members. This MOOC has been made possible with financial support from the European Commission's Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).