Czech Republic – Online course for children on digital footprint

  • Awareness
  • 17/10/2019
  • Czech Safer Internet Centre

In September 2019, the Czech Safer Internet Centre (SIC), in cooperation with the National Cyber and Information Security Authority, launched an online course called "Digital Footprint", intended primarily for children aged 10-13. This interactive game focuses on online privacy and associated social phenomena such as personal data abuse, sexting, digital privacy or cyberbullying.

The entire course is based on screenshots of chats between classmates and friends, processed into a comic book. The story line is built in such a way that children from all class groups can identify with the main characters. The didactically important element is the interactive part, thanks to which the pupils remain active during the digital track. They continually evaluate the story, analyse it and draw conclusions.

At the same time, it encourages their self-identification or self-reflection and teaches them to perceive personal security on the internet as a value to be cared for. In the end, children can fill out a form and write their opinion on this educational activity, and they can watch one of the main comic actors on a public Instagram profile.

However, the game targets not only the pupils themselves, but also teachers and parents. A number of supporting materials were prepared specifically for them, and are available on the website http://www.digistopa.cz. These materials aim to help teachers incorporate the "Digital Footprint" course into the mainstream curriculum, and to help parents better understand the risks their children face on the internet.

The course was developed in the open-source learning management system Moodle.

Find out more information about the work of the Czech Safer Internet Centre (SIC) generally, including its awareness raising, helpline, hotline and youth participation services on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal, or find similar information for Safer Internet Centres throughout Europe.

 


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