SMART

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About

Social media are omnipresent these days. Most youth have smartphones which allow them to use social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and others continuously. According to Eurostat, 92% of 16-24 year olds use the internet daily in 2016. 84% of 16 to 24-year-olds use social media, 70% use it to obtain knowledge or information.

Social media offer a good opportunity to interact with friends and family and also offer the possibility to get into contact with people from other countries and cultures. However, they also pose many dangers. Openly accessible information can be used in so called “Cybercrimes” such as online scams, identity theft and phishing, to name but a few. More than 1 Million people worldwide become victims of cybercrimes every day (Norton Cybercrime Report 2012). Furthermore, youth nowadays often post a lot of personal information and do not understand who can see that information or how other people can use that information against them.

To combat possible threats and current problems of cybercrimes, project SMART (Social Media Responsibility Training) was initiated. Main aim of the project is to create a resource for youth workers in order to train young people responsible and safe use of social media. Its goal is to show the opportunities social media offer for young people to connect across borders and cultures but at the same time also to show the dangers and how to use social media responsibly.

The project is a Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership.

Project number (2018-1-DE04-KA205-016219)

Objectives

  • The objective of the SMART project is to develop information and training material in order teach young people responsible use of social media. Since the project involves open youth work, the training material will use informal learning and teaching methods.
  • Considering the amount of time youth spend online nowadays, digital competences of youth workers as well as the ability to teach digital skills and responsible behavior online is becoming more and more important for open youth work. Accordingly, „addressing the risks, opportunities, and implications of digitalisation“ is one of the priorities of the Erasmus+ youth sector.
  • Most youth workers have not been trained in these topics. Therefore, the the development of training and information material for teaching responsible use of social media will contribute to the quality of youth work in the involved organisations as well as, through dissemination of the results, to youth work on a regional and European level.

Results:

  • International network of institutions and/or organisations for dissemination purposes
  • An increase in awareness of the issue of social media amongst youth and youth workers
  • Better methodology for youth workers involved
  • At least 30 young people will have directly been trained in social media responsibility
  • Tool-kit with at least 6 distinct non-formal training methods for responsible use of social media