Digital citizenship – myth or reality?

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COFACE Families Europe - Breakfast Byte 1. This webinar series will provide opportunities to explore the concept of digital citizenship and how useful it can be to contribute to creating a positive digital environment for all families without discrimination. From 11-20 May 2020, enjoy a cup of tea/coffee accompanied by a Breakfast Byte of digital citizenship. Each “byte” is a short 90-minute online session (from 9.30-11.00 Brussels time) aiming to increase critical thinking and understanding of the digital world.

Families want a healthy environment for their children to thrive and develop their own wings, this includes a healthy digital environment. The approach of COFACE Families Europe is to promote education and empowerment of families to harness the full potential of technology; a vision is set out in its 13 Digitalisation Principles.

For the International Day of Families 2020, COFACE Families Europe is organising a series of eight short webinars highlighting multiple layers of digital citizenship. These will take place between every week day from 11-20 May 2020, from 9.30-11.00 (Brussels time).

The onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic has plunged all of us, families, children, workers, consumers, into the digital age with imposed and recommended lockdowns meaning that digital tools are slowly but surely becoming the norm for schooling, working, socialising, gaming, staying connected with family members. This makes digital citizenship and critical thinking ever more urgent. COFACE's original plans for an offline meet-up in Zagreb through a one-day study session on 12 May 2020 have now been shifted online in the form of eight short webinars which will allow participants to listen in to speakers talking about different layers of digital citizenship, connecting the dots between different stakeholders, sectors and policy fields. The speakers come from different horizons, and will cover topics such as child safety online, cyberbullying, digitalisation in schools, gaming, digital marketing and more.

At a European level, many different actors are contributing to creating a better digital environment for children. The European Commission’s Strategy for a Better Internet for Children is currently under revision, and will contribute to set new ambitious goals, covering emerging digital technologies. In this regard, civil society, among which COFACE Families Europe, has a major role to play to operationalise the general objectives and priorities set by European Institutions. In recent years, the concept of “digital citizenship” has been used more and more in order to capture the growing complexity and importance of the digital space. Digital citizenship extends beyond the traditional “safety online”, and encompasses many different aspects such as human rights (online and offline), security, privacy, participation, and many more.

The full webinar series is as follows:

Breakfast Byte 1
Monday, 11 May 2020 from 9:30 – 11:00
Digital citizenship – myth or reality?
By COFACE Families Europe and the ICT Industry coalition.

Breakfast Byte 2
Tuesday, 12 May 2020 from 9:30 – 11:00
Video games and civic engagement – state of play
By FOr’J – Fédération de maisons de jeunes et organisation de jeunesse, Belgium

Breakfast Byte 3
Wednesday, 13 May 2020 from 9:30 – 11:00
European Safer Internet Strategy post-2020: key trends and priorities
By the European Commission (DG CNECT) & Better Internet for Kids

Breakfast Byte 4
Thursday, 14 May 2020 from 9:30 – 11:00
Using ICT skills to transfer human values in schools
By eTwinning

Breakfast Byte 5
Friday, 15 May 2020 from 9:30 – 11:00
SELMA Hacking Hate toolkit: Games to empower young people online
By European Schoolnet

Breakfast Byte 6
Monday, 18 May 2020 from 9:30 – 11:00
Key steps to creating a bully-free zone offline and online
By Parents Association Step by Step, Croati

Breakfast Byte 7
Tuesday, 19 May 2020 from 9:30 – 11:00
Critical thinking about the predominant online business model: advertising
By COFACE Families Europe

Breakfast Byte 8
Wednesday, 20 May 2020 from 9:30 – 11:00
Are youth all natural digital citizens?
By BIK Youth Ambassadors

For further information, see the COFACE Families Europe website or contact

Digital citizenship – myth or reality?