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Content with tag critical thinking .

Latvia: 16,000 young people take part in "Challenge your grey cells!"

  • Awareness
  • 01/07/2019
  • Latvian Safer Internet Centre

Launched in January 2019 by the Latvian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) Drossinternets.lv, the competition "Challenge your grey cells!" was the second large-scale knowledge test for pupils based on solving practical tasks.

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Media literacy, a key component of 21st century education

In each edition of the BIK bulletin, we look at a topical issue – in the March 2019 edition, we focus on media literacy. According to medialit.org, media literacy provides a framework to access, analyse, evaluate and create messages in a variety of forms – from print, to video, to the internet. Media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for the citizens of a democracy.

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The cultivation of critical thinking is the only way to stop fake news

  • Awareness
  • 28/03/2019
  • Greek Safer Internet Centre

The spread of fake news is a frequent occurrence on the internet, but the emergence and popularity of social networking services has made its spread even more prevalent. Fake news, even that which clearly does not contain a trace of reality or logic, is now transmitted at the speed of lightning through social media, resulting in familiarity and acceptance of the so called news by a large proportion of the audience.

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A look into the "CYberSafety – Better Internet for Kids" project in Cyprus

  • Awareness
  • 05/03/2019
  • Cyprus Safer Internet Centre

In Cyprus, from September 2017 to June 2018, within the framework of the European co-funded project "CYberSafety – Better Internet for Kids" (National Awareness Centre), the project partners held lectures, seminars and workshops for pupils, teachers and parents. 

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Safer Internet Day 2019 activities in Cyprus: seminars, video awards and exhibitions

  • Awareness
  • 27/02/2019
  • Cyprus Safer Internet Centre

In Cyprus, on Tuesday, 5 February 2019, as part of the international Safer Internet Day (SID), a conference was held on the topic ‘Together for a better internet'. 

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Online safety and media literacy diagnostic test in Latvia

  • Awareness
  • 21/12/2018
  • Latvian Safer Internet Centre

In April 2018, the Latvian Safer Internet Centre (SIC) organised a comprehensive diagnostic test to assess third and sixth grade pupils' knowledge about online safety, media literacy and critical thinking. In total, 420 schools across Latvia took part in the test, which is more than 60 per cent of all schools in the country.

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Dutch Media Literacy Week 2018: the highlights

  • Awareness
  • 11/12/2018
  • Dutch Safer Internet Centre

From 16-23 November 2018, the ninth edition of the national Media Literacy Week (Week van de Mediawijsheid) took place in the Netherlands. On this occasion, many activities were organised.

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Creative learning and online safety

In each edition of the BIK bulletin, we look at a topical issue – our latest edition looks at perspectives on creative learning. 

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Combatting fake news with critical thinking

The June 2017 edition of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) bulletin focuses on the highly topical issue of fake news. As always in the work we do in creating a safer and better internet, gaining the perspectives of young people is essential. Here, Ida from Sweden shares her views.

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Fake news, echo chambers and filter bubbles: what you need to know

In each edition of the BIK bulletin, we look at a topical issue – our latest edition focuses on fake news. Fake news, echo chambers and filter bubbles are hot topics right now. Are they the next generation of online-related challenges? Are they old foes wearing new clothes? Or are they something else? Martina Chapman, an independent specialist in media literacy, considers the role that critical media literacy, supported by cross-sector collaboration and coordination, may have in countering these issues. Read on to find out more (read the full June 2017 edition of the BIK bulletin here).

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