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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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BEE SECURE takes a deep dive into disinformation at the Privacy Salon

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

The Luxembourg digital Privacy Salon is a free event about privacy in a digital context, intended for everyone, where no prior technical expertise is assumed. It takes place around 10 times a year with a different topic each time and has been running for six years, with formal support from BEE SECURE (coordinators of the Luxembourg Safer Internet Centre (SIC)) since 2017.

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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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Preparing parents for a digital dialogue with their children

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

What are children doing with the media available to them? What are they playing? What kind of videos are they watching on the internet? Should you be worried? The questions are many and varied, and often parents feel left behind… so how do they get ahead of their children's online life?

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InfoHunter: Improve your media literacy skills and track fake news!

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

Today, a picture or a video can be manipulated in a thousand ways. We can lie on the caption of a photo or on the subtitles of a video and, with editing, we can alter history... So, how can we recognise the truth? How do we know if the content is reliable or not? Where, when, how and why was a photo taken? In an era of "fake news", it has become essential to know how to ask the right questions, how to track details, and to know about the tools that can help to ease this process. InfoHunter, a pedagogical resource from the French Safer Internet Centre (SIC), is a free digital course for teenagers to help them acquire good media literacy reflexes.

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Social Media Literacy for Change – helping teachers develop a social media literacy strategy in school

This spring, media literacy is on everyone's lips. With the first edition of the European Media Literacy Week taking place from 18 to 22 March 2019, the Social Media Literacy for Change project is delighted to be part of the European landscape of media literacy initiatives aiming to help European citizens in general and young people in particular, become active, creative and well-informed citizens of the digital world.

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Celebrating the 2019 edition of the ALL DIGITAL Week

Monday, 25 March 2019 to Sunday, 31 March 2019 marks the pan-European ALL DIGITAL Week, an annual digital empowerment campaign run at digital competence centres, libraries, schools, community centres and non-profits across Europe. Every year, it brings together 100,000 Europeans in online and offline events on the digital transformation and its effects.

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European Media Literacy Week: Webwise's "HTML Heroes" wins most educative media literacy project

  • Awareness
  • 21/03/2019
  • Irish Safer Internet Centre

Webwise's newest education programme, "HTML Heroes: An introduction to the internet", has received a European Media Literacy Award for most educative media literacy project at the recent European Media Literacy Conference in Brussels. The awards ceremony was hosted by Giuseppe Abbamonte, Director Media Policy at the European Commission's DG CONNECT.

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Safer Internet Day 2019 in Portugal: Online for human rights

  • Awareness
  • 18/03/2019
  • Portuguese Safer Internet Centre

The Portuguese Safer Internet Centre (SIC) commemorated Safer Internet Day (SID) 2019 by promoting a series of activities and resources. The planning started early to organise an event called "Online for human rights" which encountered a wide audience, both among the general public and among policymakers who have an influence on the internet governance sphere in the country. As Thorbjorn Jagland, the Secretary General for the Council of Europe put it, "hate speech has become one of the most common forms of intolerance and xenophobia in Europe today (…) When the unacceptable starts to be accepted, becomes "the norm", there is a true threat to human rights".

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EU Kids Online survey for Safer Internet Day 2019 in Estonia

  • Awareness
  • 14/03/2019
  • Estonian Safer Internet Centre

We consume online services more and more, and the skills to consume and shape these services knowledgeably are becoming more and more important. Children learn to use new technologies faster than adults as they are born into a world where the internet and smart devices are a natural part of life. Supporting the development of media and digital competences enables children and youngsters to participate in the digital society positively and respectfully. 

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